The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) organized massive protests against President Ma Ying-jeou on the eve of his second inauguration, accusing Ma of making life difficult for the people by raising fuel and electricity rates and allowing imports of U.S. beef containing residues of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.
As an opposition party, the DPP has no obligation to support the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) policies. However, besides partisan interests, does the DPP really care about the well-being of the country and its people?
Had the DPP won the Jan. 14 presidential election, fuel and electricity prices and U.S. beef imports would have become the party's hot potatoes. Would the DPP still take the same stand on these issues as it is today?
If the DPP genuinely intends to prepare itself for a return to power, it cannot disagree just for the sake of disagreeing and must pay attention to the consistency and maturity of its words and actions.
Though many people have not been satisfied with Ma's style of governance in the past four years, over 50 percent of voters nevertheless voted for him in January. That was a vote of no-confidence in the DPP.
Unless the DPP is able to present better solutions to problems than the KMT's policies and show its ability to govern the country, it will have no way of convincing the people.
There are indeed areas in which Ma has failed to live up to the public's expectations, but it does not help the country much by insulting the government or using the president as an emotional waste bin.
We support the DPP's decision to take to the streets provided that it offer its "meat." (Editorial abstract -- May 19, 2012)
(By Y.F. Low)