Date: Mar 12, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) spokesperson Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) yesterday rebuffed KMT chairperson candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) with historical documents demonstrating that the KMT had been financially aided by the government, rather than the other way around as Hung claimed.
The KMT caucus on Thursday called on the party headquarters to donate the remaining party assets after deducting current and retired party workers’ pensions. KMT chairperson candidates Apollo Chen (陳學聖), Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠) and Hung agreed with the proposal, while Lee Hsin (李新) said the assets should be shared among the party members.
However, Hung also said that the problem of the KMT’s party assets has its “historical background” and should not be treated as a crime, adding that “returning party assets to zero” is a “pseudo-issue.”
She said that the KMT had also contributed a lot to the government, citing the amount of gold and national treasures now housed in the National Palace Museum that the party had brought from China in 1949 and asked the public to rationally examine whether it was the government that had helped the party or the party that had helped the government.
Yang took issue with Hung yesterday, saying on a Facebook post that it is a “fact as hard as iron” that the government had assisted the party rather than the other way around. [FULL STORY]