NO APOLOGIES:Lee said it is ridiculous to ask someone telling the truth to say sorry, and the president would be better off formulating policies beneficial to Taiwan
Date: Aug 23, 2015
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday said the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
(KMT) vituperative attacks on him over an interview he gave to a Japanese magazine were baseless and were an attempt to win votes.
Over the past few days, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), KMT presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) and other KMT and pan-blue politicians have criticized Lee over remarks he made during an interview with the Japanese magazine Voice, when he said that Taiwan did not fight a war of resistance against Japan during the Japanese colonial era, and that many Taiwanese joined the Japanese Imperial Army at that time to fight for their motherland, which they thought of as Imperial Japan.
“Politicians should always tell people the truth,” Lee said, before he walked into a fund-raising dinner for the Lee Teng-hui Foundation in Taipei, in response to media requests for comment on the KMT’s accusations. [FULL STORY]