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KMT apologies aren't real apologies

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Uploaded on Mar 27, 2008

Just ten days before the March 22, 2008 presidential election in Taiwan, four Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators, including caucus whip Alex Fai (費鴻泰), Finance Committee convener Lo Ming-tsai (羅明才), and two others overstepped their authority as legislators by coercing the Minister of Finance and the manager of First Commercial Bank to accompany them to conduct an "inspection" of the headquarters of Frank Hsieh, their opponent in the then-upcoming election. Inspections of this nature would normally be handled by prosecutors with warrants -- not by legislators on a whim.

It was a bad scene, which you can read about in more detail here:
http://taiwanmatters.blogspot.com/200...

After feigning injuries and running away, respectively, Fai and Lo made very insincere apologies for their behavior, appending "ifs" and suicide threats while another caucus whip from their party continued to say that they had done the right thing. If you think that their apologies would have happened if there weren't that all-important election just around the corner, I have a bridge that I can sell you.

Well, it's been nearly a whole week since their party's candidate, Ma "Not-a-lawyer" Ying-jeou (馬英九), won the election, and things have gone right back to where they were before with Chinese KMT legislators like Fai and Lo behaving as arrogantly as ever.

The Thursday, March 27, 2008 edition of Talking Show (大話新聞) puts the before and after videos side by side for us to examine.

Tags: Taiwan 台灣 KMT 國民黨 Chinese Nationalist Party 中國國民黨 Talking Show 大話新聞 Alex Fai 費鴻泰, Lo Ming-tsai 羅明才 Ma Ying-jeou 馬英九

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