Focus Taiwan: Controversial KMT legislator-at-large elect vows loyalty

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Controversial Kuomintang (KMT) legislator-at-large elect Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷), pledged that he would be willing to spend the rest of his life in jail if he is found to have leaked information to China after entering the Legislature.

“If that happens, put me behind bars until I die,” he said Tuesday in an interview with Radio Free Asia in response to calls that he quit the Legislature for the good of the KMT, following the party’s landslide defeat in Saturday’s presidential and legislative polls.

Wu was frank about his support for Taiwan’s unification with China, arguing that his support for unification in no way conflicts with his anti-communist position and stressed that Taiwan needs to be ready to deter an invasion from China before eventual unification can be achieved.

Wu, a retired army major general was harshly criticized throughout the election campaign for attending a 2016 event in China to mark the 150th birthday of Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), founding father of the Republic of China, and standing up to sing the Chinese national anthem.

Despite public misgivings about Wu, the KMT refused to drop him from its legislator-at-large list, placing him fourth, which many have since suggested cost the party votes in the elections.

KMT Taipei City Councilor Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) was one of the party’s younger generation who called on Wu Sz-huai to quit the Legislature for the sake of the party’s future.

“If Wu (Sz-huai ) remains in the Legislature, the party will be unable to get rid of the burden he represents for the next four years,” Lo said.

Commenting on calls that he should quit his legislative post, Wu Sz-huai said he would do so with no complaints if it would help the KMT and the party agrees

Wu Sz-huai also urged Beijing to alter its policy toward Taiwan by reducing fear and uncertainty among Taiwan’s youth. Beijing should discard its “carrot or stick” approach, he suggested.

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