With no Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) heavyweights so far having expressed an interest in becoming party chair following the resignation of Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), some KMT members are calling for Hon Hai Precision Industry Co founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) to enter the race.
Some KMT members have proposed that the KMT Central Standing Committee amend the party’s charter to allow “people from outside the party” to serve as party chair, sources within the party said yesterday.
The proposal has gained the backing of 20 committee members and more than 200 party representatives, and is gaining traction among KMT members, the sources added.
Gou, who withdrew his KMT membership in September last year, is an outsider to the party, but would “go down in history” if he could save the party from the brink of ruin, the sources said.
Gou’s corporate management insight could save the KMT, they said, adding that although his departure from the party — following his loss in the KMT’s presidential primary in July last year — was criticized, at least he did not run in the presidential election or openly support another party’s presidential candidate.
No younger members seem willing to step up and lead, they said, adding that members are not enthusiastic about former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) or former New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) leading the party again.
Yonglin Foundation chief executive director Amanda Liu (劉宥彤) said that Gou’s attitude remains unchanged, which is that the KMT should resolve its own issues.
Later yesterday, KMT headquarters rejected the possibility of Gou running in the by-election, saying that the party has promulgated the by-election rules and cannot change them to allow a non-party member to run.
Former Taipei County commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋), KMT Central Committee member Sean Lien (連勝文) and Chu are reportedly planning to run for chairman, but no petition has so far been launched in favor of any candidate by grassroots KMT supporters.