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Friday, February 24, 2006

Taiwan's self-serving politician contradicted himself on BBC's Hardtalk

It is unbearable to see Kuomingtang's chairman Ma Ying-Jeou spreading his ultimate belief of unification with China sugar-coated by his so-called "respecting the main stream voice of democracy in Taiwan". Take a look at how this politician top-notch in self-promoting defended himself on BBC's Hardtalk for sucking up to Beijing, despite that more than 700 Chinese missiles are directed towards Taiwan.

Sackur's enquiry of Ma Ying-Jeou

I plan to type down the dialogue between Sackur and Ma and publish it on this blog. As it will require some work (and time mainly), so those who are interested your patience is appreciated.

Meanwhile, some readers might not know that Ma is a great admirer of China's party leader Hu Jintao, regardless of the fact that Hu is identified by Parade Magazine as one of the world's 10 worst dictators. A leading female scholar in Taiwan, Lung Yingtai, who was once a staff member of Ma's team openly criticized this. For those who are interested, have a look at her open letter "Please use civilization to convince us" to Hu Jintao.

I feel deeply concerned about Taiwan's destiny if we keep allowing such a self-serving politician speaking on behalf of Taiwanese people on the international arena. Ma Ying-Jeou is very good at projecting an image of a caring politician with a balanced view point. But beware, things are seldom what they seem. The cowl does not make the monk...


Anonymous Vincent said...

Ma really sucks! I don't think he knew what he was talking about in BBC. You hardly can understand to what direction he plans to lead his country and people.

By the way, his English is not so excellent as he quacks. Shame on him!

1:43 PM, February 24, 2006  
Blogger Jen said...

Don't you just love it when reporter like Stephen Sackur asks probing questions that others shy to ask? ;oP

6:30 PM, February 24, 2006  
Anonymous Vincent said...

I think Sackur just gave a good lesson to those idiot reporters in Taiwan. A reporter should ask important questions and try to get some things from the interviewee, not just to offer him a chance to show himself. Unfortunately, there're no professional reporters in Taiwan now. Almost all reporters are simply machine.

12:39 PM, March 01, 2006  
Blogger Jen said...

I agree. And that's why experienced senior reporter in the west have quite a lot of authority while most anchors in Taiwan are simply reading from the machines.

1:37 PM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous Jack Bauer said...


This is what most Western reporters do in the political talk show: To know which side or point of view the guest is on or have, and then proceed to discuss issues in-depth

MYJ "flip-flops" way too much. As a result, Mr. Stehphen Sackur (sp?) cannot understand where he stands on certain issues (ie. military spending). This ultimately paints a image of MYJ as a self-serving politicians, and not a smart one due to the over usage of flawed logics.

Too bad media in Taiwan won't show it again and they only concentrate on the "taboo" which is "OMG, MYJ is soooo good a English" then continue to giggle like damn groupies.

Damnit, I wish I can hoot a head reporters from TVBS/CTN/FTV/ETV etc or that bastard who is a self-proclaiming "Master" in their kneecaps.

10:18 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Jen said...

Hi Jack,

Ma flip flops because he wants to please as many people as possible, which is to some degree understandable for a politician who runs hard for the 2008 presidential election in Taiwan. What he failed to notice is that not everybody will buy in this soft-spoken style without hearing him saying what he truly stands for in terms of Taiwan's security and future on democracy. Jerome Keating, A western professor who teaches in Taiwan, has been observing Ma and has written some comments on this popularly referred to by Taiwan media as "oh he's so handsome and his English is so good" politician. Have a look at what Jerry has to say, if you are interested.

As to some inane media in Taiwan, I think we all should openly express our dissatisfaction on their performance; or alternatively when I can't be bothered more, I'd switch off the TV.

2:14 PM, April 12, 2006  

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