Sunday, August 16, 2009

CNN: Ma takes full responsibility,
will punish subordinates,
but will not resign

Some quick comments on this CNN report:
  • Ma says: I will take full responsibility. That contradicts ruled out resignation (see below). It is better rephrased as: I will take conditional responsibility.
  • Ma says: "We will find out not only to correct the mistakes but (also) to punish the people responsible." This contradicts the title of the report that Taiwan's leader takes blame. If he is taking blames, what about those lucky fall guys he is planning to punish? Frankly, we should be frightened when he is looking everywhere except one place to correct mistakes when he is The Mistake! What he will find are not mistakes, but are scapegoats, or 余文, in Chinese.
Even though he said: I will take full responsibility (and blame), it is clear he will do neither. He will blame and punish others, and refuse to step down. The honest truth is: Ma takes no responsibility and Ma takes no blame.

CNN report follows:
Taiwan's leader takes blame for typhoon response

CISHAN, Taiwan (CNN) -- Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday he accepts responsibility for the government's slow response after Typhoon Morakot slammed into the island killing at more than 120 people and unleashing floods, mudslides and misery.

Mourners kneel and pray to the dead as they face the devastated valley of Shiao Lin.

Mourners kneel and pray to the dead as they face the devastated valley of Shiao Lin.

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.

"Certainly, I will take full responsibility whatever the blame is because, after all, I am the president of this country," Ma told CNN, saying heavy rains grounded rescue helicopters in the first few days after the storm hit, delaying relief.

"Once the weather was good -- that is the 14th of August -- we were able to evacuate 2,518 people. It's a record," he said.

Hundreds of people still await rescue in remote areas of Taiwan, where torrential downpours, dense fog, rugged terrain and raging rivers have hampered relief efforts. Washed-out roads and collapsed bridges have made some rescue operations impossible

Touring disaster areas, Ma has been confronted by angry survivors, and even provoked a scuffle when he opened a weekend baseball game as protesters demanded he step down..

Ma has refused to quit, instead offering apologies and promises to do better.

"We will find out not only to correct the mistakes but (also) to punish the people responsible," he said.

Rescue efforts were ongoing Sunday with military helicopters bringing stranded villagers to their waiting relatives. Video Watch rescue efforts in Taiwan »

Others, waiting days in anguish for word on their loved ones, lashed out in anger.

"Local officials don't care," one man said. "There are still people there and they don't do anything."

On Saturday, weeping relatives of typhoon victims set up shrines near devastated villages to calm the spirits of the dead and honor the belief that their souls will return home after seven days. Video Watch mourners call home souls of the dead »

Morakot hit the island last weekend, dropping 2.6 meters (102 inches) of rain. Before it roared on to mainland China on Sunday, the storm killed at least 123 people in Taiwan.

The death toll could climb to more than 300 after more villagers buried by mudslides and floodwaters are found, Taiwan officials have said.

Southern and central Taiwan were hardest hit by the storm.

Mudslides inundated some places in the south, including the village of Shiao Lin, where 160 homes were lost. Authorities believe hundreds of people could be trapped under five stories of mud in the village.

International aid efforts were mobilizing on Sunday, however these were complicated by diplomatic pitfalls in the face of China's territorial claims over Taiwan, which it considers a renegade province awaiting reunification.

The U.S. military has begun a "modest" humanitarian aid mission to Taiwan with the despatch of a Marine Corps C-130 cargo plane carrying plastic tarpaulins for shelter, U.S. defense officials said.

Also Sunday, the USS Denver was en route to the Taiwanese coast with additional humanitarian aid and water purification capabilities, the officials said. The Navy ship is expected to arrive Monday, but officials could not say when it will launch its heavy-lift helicopters to drop the aid.

Sources in Washington have said in providing aid to Taiwan, the United States must be sensitive to its territorial relationship with China.

CNN's John Vause in Cishan, Taiwan; Pauline Chiou in Shiao Lin, Taiwan; and Mike Mount in Washington contributed to this report.

軍隊掛 中國國民黨黨旗 => Military is a KMT enterprise

Source: Billypan's tweet

Ma Ying-Jeou and Typhoon Morakot: a 10 minute video

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Ma Ying-Jeou must be held responsible for the death of the hundreds of villagers

I am excited about the following great news! I wish it had happened one week earlier. I wish Ma Ying-Jeou had not turned down rescue aid from Japan and US in the first hour of the onslaught of Typhoon Morakot.
美軍直升機 今馳援台灣

〔記 者范正祥、王述宏、羅添斌、蔡清華/綜合報導〕美國重型軍用直升機即將援台救八八水災!外交部昨天接獲美方通知,美國政府最快在今天中午就會派遣由美方人 員操作、可吊掛重型機械的直升機來台,並提供人道救援物資。這將是台美斷交、美軍撤軍後,美國軍機第一次以「人道援助」名義,登上台灣土地。...

It was questioned early on why Ma Ying-Jeou refused offer of rescue operations from Japan and US. The obvious reason was

Since Ma Ying-Jeou considers Taiwan a part of China, he could not accept assistance from Japan and US without first getting a nod from China.

Many villagers perished in the flood and mud slide could have been saved if Ma had not had refused foreign rescue offer. Hundreds (if not thousands) innocent people died because of Ma's political consideration.

Ma loves to take credit (e.g., the defunct 3-KM Maokong Gondola) and he loves power (e.g., KMT chairmanship), but he hates responsibility. When things go wrong, he finds fall guys. He now claims that he did not refuse foreign rescue aid. Who, then, refused foreign rescue offer on behalf of Taiwan? It was a subordinate named 夏立言 from the Ministry of Foreign Affair (外交部, MOFA):

婉謝外援?夏立言:文字疏忽 願負責

* 2009-08-14
* 中國時報
* 【中廣新聞/杜大澂】

外交部發公文婉謝外援傳聞引發爭議,外交部次長夏立言今天表示,的確有發公文表示接受國際捐款,只是疏忽沒有在人力和物力不接受外援前,加了「暫時」兩個字 ,他願意因為疏忽接受處份。不過,夏立言表示,目前包括美國、日本、新加坡和韓國都已經捐款援助,物資援助的部分,美日方面已經進行積極聯絡。



夏立言 gracefully took the fall for Ma Ying-Jeou. But Ma Ying-Jeou must take the fall himself. Let me start with an analogy.

Imagine a professor improperly delegates the grading of a class to his teaching assistants. If this becomes an issue, who will take the blame? The professor, or the teaching assistants?

Accepting or declining foreign rescue during a national emergency cannot be the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is the responsibility of the leaders, including and especially the president. He cannot delegate responsibility to subordinates, take credits when things go smoothly, but let subordinates take the fall when things go wrong. I conclude

  • If Ma is not willing to accept responsibilities of a president, he must step down instantly,
  • If he is willing to accept such responsibilities, then he should be charged with the unnecessary death of the hundreds of villagers.
Taiwanese must not tolerate a fraud who only wants privileges, but takes no responsibilities. He will bring more and bigger disasters.

Friday, August 14, 2009

王建煊: A KMT saint (王聖人) and a curse to justice

監察院長王建煊怒斥: 「我難過得不得了,想罵人不曉得罵誰,想拿刀砍他一刀,也不曉得砍誰,全國民眾都有這種苦悶。」
Ma Ying-Jeou, the president of a country ravaged by Typhoon Morakot, refused offers from Japan and US to help rescue people stranded by flood. Ma most definitely is responsible for the demise of hundreds (if not thousands) of flood victims who might have been saved by the Japan-US rescue team. Ma Ying-Jeou is so visibly responsible. Yet, 王建煊 找不到人.

Often, 王建煊 does not bother putting up such 找不到人 pretense.
  • He stonewalls requests to investigate
    • police brutality against citizens holding national flags during Chinese envoy Chen Yun-LIn's visit,
    • Ma's defunt Maokong Gondola(貓纜),
    • Ma-Hau's Neihu MRT (捷運木柵內湖線),
    • 新生高架橋改善工程
  • KMT thoroughly raped the Justice system in the case of its persecution of the former president Chen Shiu-Bian. 王建煊 not only did not do anything to correct judicial abuse that causes international outrage, he supports KMT's persecution of DPP.
  • There are many treason cases against Ma Ying-Jeou. For example, 柯建銘2008年8月9日控告馬英九叛國, 距今371 天. The court ignores all these case; 王建煊 ignores all such abuse.
  • 李慶安2008年3月12日遭踢爆雙重國籍, 距今521 天. This too (among so many other KMT cases) is invisible to 王建煊.
Taiwanese see nothing wrong with having KMT members in charge of safeguarding justice. They see no problem of having a Dodger player empire a Dodger-Yankee ball game, so long as the media calls him a Saint.

2009/08/12 中國時報

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

國防部長陳肇敏 personifies hypocrisy and self-contradiction

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009