TSU moves closer to KMT lawmaker’s recall
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-24 04:57 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union said Friday it had already collected more than 9,000 endorsements in its campaign to force a recall vote targeting ruling Kuomintang lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng.

The TSU, the larger Democratic Progressive Party and several social action groups have named Wu as the first of a series of KMT legislators they want to oust because of their close affiliation with President Ma Ying-jeou. The campaigners said the legislators put Ma’s wishes above public opinion and should therefore no longer represent the people.

While the currently ongoing second phase of the recall effort needs at least a total of 37,000 endorsements, the TSU said it had reached its allotted amount of 8,800 in a record time. It had already exceeded the number and would be filing 9,000 signatures, secretary-general Lin Chih-chia said Friday.

He compared Wu to the bad roots of a plant which had to be removed if the vegetation wanted to return to a healthy condition.

The TSU official called on members of the public to join the campaign and sign their names to the endorsements. The deadline for the action was January 31, so it would be a shame if this opportunity at letting the voice of the people be heard was missed, Lin said. DPP officials estimated their share of the signatures at more than 10,000, leaving about 17,000 still to be collected.

Wu represents an election district in New Taipei City which includes Tamshui, Sanchih, Shihmen, Pali, Linkou and Taishan.

He gained national prominence while serving as one of Ma’s spokespersons during his campaign for mayor of Taipei City. He was later elected to the Legislative Yuan, where KMT caucus chief described him Friday as a serious lawmaker who should not face a recall just because of his different opinions.

Ever since Ma was sworn in for his second and final term in May 2012, a number of KMT lawmakers have been closely supporting the president’s policies, even if they met with widespread public discontent and forced his poll ratings down far below 20 percent.

The unpopular policies included the legalization of imported beef from the United States containing residues of the lean-meat drug ractopamine and the government’s strong support for the fourth nuclear plant, now approaching completion in the New Taipei City district of Gongliao.

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