By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taipei City mayoral candidate Sean Lien called for reforms at the Kuomintang, which was electing a new chairman Saturday.
Party members were casting ballots until 4 p.m. all over Taiwan Saturday to pick a new leader from among four candidates, acting chairwoman Huang Min-hui, former legislative vice speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, Taipei City councilor Lee Hsin and legislator Apollo Chen.
Lien, who is a member of the party’s Central Committee, posted a piece on his Facebook page outlining his ideas to reform the KMT, which lost both the presidential and the legislative elections last January.
He began with the suggestion that the party should be, as he termed it, “defeudalized,” apparently meaning that there should be less of a personality cult surrounding the chairman. The leader should provide service to the whole party, and not the other way round, Lien wrote, proposing to put the organization’s interest above the chairman’s personal interest. He also pleaded for more diversity in forming the leadership bodies. [FULL STORY]