Mayor Ma Ying-jeou of Taipei yesterday criticized President Chen for acting in an imperial manner:

Mayor of Taipei Ma Ying-jeou characterized President Chen Shui-bian’s rule as that of an emperor yesterday.

Questioned at the city council, Mayor Ma referred to President Chen’s pledge to let the Ministry of the Interior outlaw the Kuomintang’s sale of a school complex and said such an intervention is what an emperor used to do.

The Kuomintang sold the party school in Taipei for NT$4.2 billion last month. The buyer is asking for a change in the zoning code so that it can be developed as a residential complex.

The school is one of the KMT’s many ill-gotten gains from the period of one-party rule. The “President Chen is an Emperor!” is a common refrain from mainlanders that I have heard many times. I suppose it takes one to know one….and Ma himself, who got a scholarship as a student spy ratting out his fellow students from Taiwan to the security apparatus of the KMT state, knows all about imperial behavior.