Ex-minister slams Hung’s leadership

HEADING TO THE ‘MORTUARY’:Former minister of transportation and communications Yeh Kuang-shih said the chairwoman was leading the KMT to its grave

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 12, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Discontent in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) with KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱)

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu, left, arrives at a meeting of the Retired Generals’ Social Services Association in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

yesterday boiled to the surface, with former minister of transportation and communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) saying that Hung wants to send “the KMT to the mortuary.”

Yeh, who was an adviser to Hung’s presidential campaign in 2015 before Hung’s forced replacement by then-KMT chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫), said on Facebook that Hung allowed the KMT’s Huang Fu-hsing military veterans’ branch to sway the party’s chairperson election.

“According to party member numbers published by the KMT, out of 880,000 registered members, only about 220,000 have voting rights in the chairperson election, of which 197,000 are either older than 65 and have been party members for at least 40 years — including 170,000 Huang Fu-hsing members — or are members of low-income households,” Yeh said. “Both groups are exempt from paying party fees to have voting rights.”

“In other words, the KMT chairperson election will be completely decided by Huang Fu-hsing,” he added, asking why there have been “less than 30,000 members willing to pay party fees” during Hung’s tenure as chairwoman.    [FULL  STORY]

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