Yes, I wish that CNN would invite
Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday he accepts responsibility for the government's slow response after the storm.
"Certainly, I will take full responsibility whatever the blame is because, after all, I am the president of this country," Ma told CNN.
Bravo! It sounds like Ma is a responsible president at least from the first impression, but if you read more you will see the title Taiwan's leader takes blame for typhoon response is perhaps kind of controversial and not so representative of Ma’s true statement, later the title has been changed to Hundreds stranded In typhoon-hit Taiwan by CNN with some updates, http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/08/17/taiwan.typhoon/.
Why is this original title not so good? Because if you gather information from all sources, you will discover that Ma’s so-called taking full blame excludes himself!
Will Ma take full blame for the slow response in rescue mission after the typhoon Morakot hit? Of course not, Ma tries to blame it on the poor weather conditions, and he also promises to investigate on who is responsible except himself.
Ma never took blame in his life before and was not prepared to do so this time around.
Instead, Ma is ready to prosecute his subordinate and leaving himself blameless, just like he has always played innocent. Some people under him will likely lose their jobs, I predict, or at least will swallow some demerit points.
Remember in 2007 who did Ma blame for his corruption charge? Anybody under him but himself! Ma's former secretary Yu Wen (余文), a co-defendant in Ma’s corruption trial, was sentenced to one year in jail for using fraudulent receipts to claim reimbursements for Ma's special allowance fund on behalf of Ma. Read the story from the Taipei Times, http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2007/12/29/2003394694Ma
However, Ma himself walked away with a not guilty charge leaving his former secretary to serve the jail term for him!
Ma who has faced heavy criticism from victims of the disaster, ruled out resignation, insisting his government did its best in the face of difficulties, however he pledged an investigation into any irregularities.
Ruled out resignation? But the CNN opinion poll has this statistics below per Should
Yes 82% 12306
No 18% 2660
update: 2009.08.17 16:45
That’s why we need Larry King to question Ma on this unofficial opinion poll, besides, we want Larry to ask Ma why he went to a wedding party the night the Morakot hit Taiwan instead of staying with his ministers at the emergency command center, plus to question Ma on his mysterious US citizenship / permanent residence status, and what Ma believes his appropriate title to be outside of Taiwan.
A few days back, my suspicion of Ma's slowness in rescue mission besides his lack of empathy towards his people was revealed on the 4th comment left at this post, http://fareasternpotato.blogspot.com/2009/08/as-expected-beijing-allegedly-pledges.html, and just in case you haven’t read it yet, here it is:
After reading Mike in
Without “central” government’s permission, any
Remember 10 years ago, during the 921 earth quake relief effort in 1999,
In the meantime, Ma sits tight refusing foreign physical help so as not to anger his hidden boss (It is clear now who is Ma serving, definitely not his people!) while waiting for the mud-buried villagers to race against time, fate, and the available domestic resources that Ma wants to deploy.
Paying taxes to the “central” government while watching relatives and friends perish without timely assistance; I think the people in the southern part realize now how much people’s lives worth in the eyes of the Ma administration. Clearly, Ma's greater
Except 10 years ago, using disaster crisis for political gain was played by the authority in
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My question now to the governing party in
Will the KMT return its illegally-obtained assets to the rightful owners, the people of
CNN reporter questioning Ma, and Ma kept blaming the local residents saying “They”, the residents are basically at fault, while not remembering that first the central government did not ask them to evacuate, and second that the KMT-dominated Legislative Yuan had frozen the budget for many projects including the water and flood management project during the DPP’s era
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocm_3jzESBc&NR=1 music with images of the damage from the Morakot typhoon plus the rescue mission afterwards
in Chinese, commentary on why Ma initially authorized the deployment of only 6,000 troops for the rescue mission vs. more than 7,000 (some sources say 10,000) police force to protect China’s Chen Yun-Lin on his visit to Taiwan in November, 2008
a good summary report by CNN, recording the rainfall brought by the Morakot typhoon, approximately 2.5 meters of rain within 2 to 3 days, compared to this amount in a year in other places of