PARTY PURGE:Eric Chu expelled five members from the KMT in the name of party unity, but four of them are likely to run against their former colleagues in January
Date: Jul 18, 2015
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan / Staff reporter, with CNA
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday rejected the “hall of
one voice” label attached to the party after it earlier this week revoked the memberships of five party members who often publicly criticized the party.
“The decision was necessary to uphold the party’s discipline. Party members can criticize the party, chairman, or any party leader, but they cannot undermine party unity,” Chu said.
Chu said that the most important purpose of the expulsion was to call on everyone to “unite as one,” to refrain from “waving a blue flag to oppose the blue flag,” or to “collude with the pan-green camp behind the pan-blue camp’s back.”
“These kinds of behaviors are impermissible,” Chu said of the expulsions. [FULL STORY]