President Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday that the Transitional Justice Commission must have the public’s confidence to be fit for purpose. The remarks come after a recording was leaked of the commission’s deputy chair, Chang Tien-chin, making a partisan attack on the opposition Kuomintang’s candidate for mayor of New Taipei. Chang has since offered his resignation.
Premier William Lai said the Cabinet rejected Chang’s remarks, which he said harmed public trust in the commission and created social conflict. He said the commission was established as an independent body.
President Tsai Ing-wen also reportedly condemned the remarks at a meeting of the majority Democratic Progressive Party on Wednesday. The president was quoted as saying that the commission’s work would stand or fall based on its independence as an agency and on its level of public confidence.
The Transitional Justice Commission was established under the Tsai administration to investigate and address historical injustices from Taiwan’s pre-democratic era.