Taipei Times: KMT urged to undertake reforms

The election results show that “the KMT could end up being replaced by other parties if it does not undertake reforms,” KMT Organizational Development Committee Youth Department Director Hsiao Ching-yan (蕭敬嚴) wrote on Facebook.

Attributing the party’s losses to its outdated cross-strait policy and leadership, Hsaio urged it to propose “a new cross-strait discourse that meets the expectation of a majority of Taiwanese.”

The “1992 consensus” is no longer relevant and has been rejected by the public in the elections, he said.

KMT Taipei City Councilor Yu Shu-hui (游淑慧) also urged the party to rethink its cross-strait stance.

Cross-strait policy was a key issue in the presidential election and as Taiwanese have made their choice, “the KMT should respect the DPP’s way of handling cross-strait relations,” she wrote on Facebook.

The KMT should also reconsider the “1992 consensus,” proposed 28 years ago, she said, adding: “If you are wearing a piece of clothing that is out of date and does not fit you, then it is time for you to review it or look for a replacement.”

While many older KMT members seem to agree that the party needs to recruit more young people, they appeared reserved about other proposals.

One of the reasons behind the electoral defeats was the party’s poorly planned presidential primary, which upset some candidates and affected party solidarity, former KMT chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) said.

However, due to its historical significance, “the name of the Chinese Nationalist Party must never change,” she added.

More than 20 KMT members — including Yu, Taipei city councilors Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強), Wang Hung-wei (王鴻薇), KMT Legislator Jason Hsu (許毓仁) and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) election campaign spokespeople Huang Man-hsin (黃曼昕) and Yeh Yuan-chih (葉元之) — yesterday formed an alliance called “+1” to push for across-the-board reforms within the party.

The alliance demanded that Wu immediately resign his post as chairman, instead of waiting for the KMT Central Standing Committee’s approval on Wednesday, and that he and retired lieutenant general Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) withdraw their names from the party’s list of legislator-at-large nominees.

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