Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-09-27 03:57 PM
The embarrassing posting came amid a power struggle between President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Kuomintang and Wang, who has been waging a court battle to hang on to his position after being accused of influence peddling.
King said the problem with the online response to a Washington Post was that his news chief, Frank Wang, had let his personal opinions take precedence over the official viewpoint. He apologized for not having been able to prevent the official from posting remarks different from the official position of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US. He promised he would make sure this kind of incident did not happen again.
The director of TECRO’s press division, writing as ‘fywang’ on September 14, not only described Wang Jin-pyng as the former speaker, but also closed his posting with an expression of support for KMT action against him.
“I’m very glad the KMT came to resolutely discipline its heavy-weight party member. Taiwan’s judiciary will be cleaner, and the legislative process will be smoother,” he wrote.
The ruling party revoked the legislative speaker’s membership on September 11, but the Taipei District Court granted him an injunction, allowing him to stay on for the time being. The Taiwan High Court is expected to reach a verdict on a KMT appeal against the injunction early next week.
Ma accuses Wang of having called the Ministry of Justice to persuade a prosecutor not to file an appeal against a not-guilty verdict for top opposition lawmaker Ker Chien-ming in an embezzlement case.
In his private post on the Washington Post web site, Frank Wang also lambasted the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. “Meanwhile, the DPP evades the fact that its own party member was involved in the meddling with the judiciary. The DPP has covered for Ker’s wrongdoing and even went as far as shifting the focus from this fact,” he wrote.
Frank Wang offered his apologies, but said the posting did not reflect the official views of TECRO or of the Taiwanese government.
The identity of the writer ‘fywang’ was revealed by DPP lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday it was reminding its employees to take care to maintain impartiality during their work both inside and outside the diplomatic service.
At the hearing about the KMT appeal against Wang’s injunction Thursday, the Taiwan High Court panel’s presiding judge urged the two sides to reconcile, but the ruling party rejected the request.
The court also asked the KMT to provide additional documents, which it did Friday afternoon. However, the move caused a verdict in the case, originally expected for Friday, to face a delay, at least until Monday, reports said.