Far Eastern Group Chairperson Douglas Hsu said for the first time that he opposes Taiwan Independence in an opinion piece he submitted to a newspaper. The article comes after a hefty NT$ 2 billion fine imposed by the Chinese government.
On Nov. 30, Premier Su Tseng-chang attended an opening ceremony taking place at Shangri-La Far Eastern, Taipei. The previous night, a tree-lighting ceremony was held at the hotel and attended by Far Eastern Group Chairperson Douglas Hsu. This was his first public appearance since his company was fined by China. He spoke frankly on stage, and appeared to be in a good mood. He declined to answer questions after the event. Instead, he sent a statement to the United Daily News. He called himself a veteran industrialist and expressed his concerns for Taiwan. He said he has observed that in recent years, any mention of China in Taiwan has been met with immediate opposition and this phenomenon appears to be getting worse. Hsu also said he opposes Taiwan independence. Su had to offer a response.
Su Tseng-chang, Premier: “When China decides that its own richest businesspersons shouldn't be seen anymore, they aren't seen anymore. When it says they're going to be fined, they're fined. When it says they're going to disappear, they disappear. The one-party dictatorship that is the Communist Party of China and its unreasonable actions and its pressure on our people and its attempts to encircle politics with business have been denounced by the entire world.”
The year-end referendums are approaching, and the Kuomintang legislative caucus says the Executive Yuan is violating administrative neutrality by telling people how they should vote. It boycotted the review of the central government's budget for next year and requested that Su apologize. In response, Su accused the KMT of being hypocrites for proposing referendums that were against the Executive Yuan's position and then warping the legitimacy of the Executive Yuan. He said that if salaries can't be raised for public functionaries, then the KMT needs to take responsibility.
Su Tseng-chang, Premier: “It is the duty and work of legislators to review budgets. They can't collect their salaries and not review the budget. The KMT needs to take responsibility if we can't show care for our public functionaries who are waiting for this budget to get salary increases.”
Eric Chu, Chairperson, Kuomintang: “It is using state funds to do the private bidding of a political party in so-called referendum propaganda and ractopamine pork promotion. I think this type of government is completely shameless. If there is no way even for the opposition party or legislature to supervise, then what's the point of having a legislature?”
KMT Chairperson Eric Chu supported his party's legislators and also fired shots at the Executive Yuan. Political parties are expected to continue crossing swords in the run-up to the year-end referendums.