Spat between KMT’s Tsai and ex-president escalates

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 04, 2017
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

A spat between Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Policy Committee director Alex Tsai (蔡正元) and

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Policy Committee Director Alex Tsai speaks at a party meeting in Taipei on Wednesday. Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) office entered day three yesterday after Tsai criticized Ma for comments about the 228 Incident.

Responding to calls to punish those responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people during the White Terror era following the 228 Incident, Ma on Monday said at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Incident that because Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) was president at the time, he “should naturally be held accountable.”

The extent of Chiang’s responsibility was up to people to determine for themselves by studying public information, Ma said.

Tsai on Monday said that Ma is not in a position to assign responsibility for the 228 Incident, because he enjoyed “eight years of wealth and rank.”

“Ma’s small disciples” should be reminded that then-governor-general Chen Yi (陳儀), who ordered police and military action against protesters during the 288 Incident, was less corrupt than Ma, Tsai said, without saying who the “disciples” were.    [FULL  STORY]

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