Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang recently criticized the ruling party for failing to defend the country's national flag, in the wake of a dispute in which the Republic of China flag was removed from a row of national flags of teams participating in the Olympics that were raised over London's Regent Street.
Su's remarks are nothing new. Every time the ROC national flag is excluded from an international event, DPP politicians and other pro-independence activists voice their criticism. They are in fact trying to draw focus to the non-acceptance of the ROC flag in the international community.
On his Facebook page, Su urged people to "fight for the dignity of the national flag" because it is "the emblem of the country." But when the national flag has never been seen at any social events organized by the DPP, not even inside the DPP's head office, how can people believe Su is sincere?
While the majority of people in Taiwan agree that the ROC flag is the emblem of the country, the DPP obviously does not agree.
To be fair, Su is adjusting his attitude toward the national flag. When attending a recent event held by a junior chamber of commerce, Su bowed to the national flag and the portrait of the late ROC founding father, Sun Yat-sen. Such a move has rarely been seen among the DPP's key figures.
It remains to be seen if the DPP can do away with its rigid ideology. (Editorial abstract -- Aug. 1, 2012)
(By Y.F. Low)