Kuomintang lawmaker Wu Sz-huai criticized Transitional Justice Commission as spreading hatred after its Acting Chair Yeh Hung-lin said the statue of Chiang Kai-shek should be dealt with in some "irretrievable" way.
On the 14th, the acting chair of the Transitional Justice Commission said the statue of Chiang Kai-shek should be removed from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall or "irretrievably" installed somewhere else so that it can't be put back by another political party once it is removed by the current administration. In response, Kuomintang lawmaker Wu Sz-huai blasted the commission for its hatred and enmity. He also called on the Democratic Progressive Party to stick to a single, uniform set of standards.
Wu Sz-huai, Legislator (KMT): “Why don't you change all their names to "Authoritarian Reflection Road"? How about "Authoritarian Reflection Elementary School"? I'll fully support you if you dare. ”
Yeh Hung-ling, Acting Chair, Transitional Justice Commission: “Your commission was formed to spread hatred and enmity. We want the restore the truth. If you're just going to stand there spouting labels, you're just wasting our time.”
Wu also said the DPP can't just "restore" its own skewed version of history and blatantly ignore Chiang Kai-shek's contributions to the nation. He also said the DPP will not be able to remove Chiang's statue without opposition. Yeh later backed down, saying the idea of an "irretrievable" installation would be a permanently and irretrievably making the statue an educational exhibition somewhere.
Cheng Li-wun, Legislator (KMT): “So what you're saying is you're worried someone will put the statue back later on, is that right? ”
Yeh Hung-ling, Acting Chair, Transitional Justice Commission: “We recommend removing the statue of course, but when I said "irretrievable" I was talking about those exhibition-related and educational methods permanent installations. This has nothing to do with the statue.”
Yeh also admitted she has no idea how much it would cost to remove the statue and said the commission has not run any numbers yet. The commission says it has already removed 1,500-plus or 27 percent of "authoritarian" symbols around Taiwan and it will continue coordinating with the central government on removals.