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Biography of Legislative Yuan Speaker
Mr. Wang, Jin-Pyng
On February 1, 1999, the last year of the 20th century, Wang,
Jin-Pyng at the opening session of the Forth Term of the Legislative
Yuan was elected as the Speaker of Legislative Yuan with a major vote of
135 out of 225 seats. This marks 23 years of effort in public service
since he took up his first public post as a legislator in 1976. This
number represents “Where there is a will, there is a way” and also
shows a rich personal experience in political hearing. Crossing to the
new century, leading the congress, the effort and ambition of Wang, Chin-
Pyng will give him an indelible position in the political history of
Wang, Jin-Pyng was born in 1940 at “Yi-Chia” of Luchu Hsiang,
Kaohsiung County. It was a simple rural village community. He belonged to
a large family so everyday after opening the door the first thing that he
had to face was complicated interpersonal relations. This lead to
building up mild characteristics in him, valuing harmony and making him
smooth in negotiations. It made him into the perfect candidate for the
post of speaker of the Legislative Yuan.
The core of Wang’s big family is Wang, Chin-Pyng’s father. Whenever you
mention the name of Wang-Ko, a man not knowing a single word but yet
filled with the manner of an enterpriser, Wang, Chin-Pyng would said to
you in a voice of adoration, “Father has six brothers, he is the elder
one. Although he had not the chance to receive proper education, he
always analyzes matters with penetrating views. As for business
operation, he was also successful in every way. In fact, the current
career that belongs to our family today initiated from my father’s
hands. The two most important things that he taught me are to be earnest
and sincere.”
Though his father on the path of business has been successful in every
way, the ten acres of land originally owned by the family has not for a
single day been laid to waste.
On that piece of land, Wang, Jin-Pyng weaved his childhood dreams.
Especially during leek flower harvests, he would call upon his companies
to compete for the honorable title of being an expert in pulling out leek
flowers and also carrying it on the shoulders to sell for a good price in
the market. This was his first experience of “What one sows, one will
Because there were many “Se-Tou” his considerate mother would provide
these workers help with the harvest by making dinner and snacks five
times a day. When Wang, Jin-Pyng was a little kid, he would fight for
the chance to carry snacks out into the fields and give them to the
workers. As he often got the job, everyone loved seeing this little
smiling “Buddha”. Seeing their satisfied faces as they ate these
snacks, he also was praised for the good job of carrying it to them, and
this became the endless source of Wang, Jin-Pyng’s energy-- to serve
the people and make friends in all fields.
Diligence of village life not only gave him positive mental growth but
also improved his physical condition. Forty-six years ago when he was in
grade 6 at elementary school he could lift up fifty catty of weight.
Forty years ago when he was in his third year of senior high, even with
his small short structure, he ranked first in his grade for jumping the
furthest in the long jump and the triple jump section. He is good in
single and parallel bars also. Wang, Jin-Pyng’s grade in physical
education is so good that his gym teachers encouraged him to go for the
department of physical education when he took his university entrance
exam. Aside from these, you might not know the fact that in his junior
and senior years of high school in Taiwan First High, he was always team
leader of the school’s tennis team.
Wang, Jin-Pyng said that he had not put extra efforts in academic
studies since childhood and he doesn’t believe in renowned star schools
but his grades has been good and his education was smooth all along.
After he finished his elementary education at Tainan Municipal Da-she
Elementary School, Wang, Jin-Pyng passed the entrance exam entering
Taiwan First High in which he finished his junior and senior high school
education without changing schools. Afterwards he entered the Department
of Mathematics of the Teacher’s College after taking the joint
university programs admission examination.
As Wang, Jin-Pyng recalled his youth years, he never thought about what
he would do in the future. After he graduated from Teacher’s College, he
taught mathematics for one year at Provincial Chin Teh Senior High of
Chang-Hwa County then went to serve his military duties. After leaving
the army, he went back home and worked at the food factory owned by his
family. His job responsibility was import and export trade. Of course, he
never thought about becoming a politician during his entire life!
Coming home after he retired from the army and at the same time getting
involved in handling the family business, elders began to urge Wang, Jin-
Pyng to get himself a wife as soon as possible. In the eyes of elderly
people, getting married then starting a career is a representation of a
man becoming an adult. In his memory, after graduating from college, he
attended twenty or more matchmaking dinner gatherings with girls
introduced by his friends and family members who wished he would get
marry the sooner the better. All these had no results. A happy match
finally came after the national champion instructor Mr. Ho, Mao-Lin acted
as Wang, Jin-Pyng’s matchmaker.
On March 26, 1969, at the anniversary celebration of Shih Chien Home
Economics College at unforgettable “Feng-Lin Restaurant”, Wang, Jin-
met his wife Mrs. Chen, Tsai-Lien for the first time. It was love at
first sight and both left a deep impression in the other’s mind. One
year before the two-month anniversary of the day they met each other, May
25, their parents held their engagement ceremony at the Mandarina Crown
Hotel. This opened the starting page of their love for reach others
through their lives.
Married since then, they went hand in hand through each day. Wang, Jin-
Pyng’s affection for his wife never waned as time passed by, although at
the same time he soared from a legislator to high official positions, not
to mention due to his impressive performance he captured the throne of
Legislative Yuan Speaker. There’s always a pair of great hands behind
each successful man. Mrs. Chen, Tsai-Lien, aside from giving all her
support to her husband, she took full responsibility for their children’
s education. After the birth of their second child, she resigned from her
favorite job as a teacher teaching at Shih-Chien College in order to
devote herself totally to her family.
Without any regret, she assisted her husband in serving the public. The
feeble condition of Mrs. Wang, after going through the hard labor of
giving birth to two daughters and one son, unfortunately was effected her
with Rheumatoid Arthritis, her muscles gradually withered due to her
illness. Nevertheless, she still fulfilled her role as a dutiful wife and
a loving mother. No matter if it is the education of children or managing
the house, she never let her husband worry. When you talk to Wang, Jin-
Pyng about his wife, in his voice you can tell how much he loves her.
Over the past ten years, he accompanied her to search for cures locally
and abroad. Going to temples to pray for good fortune, he stays with her
all along the way like something that he can never make up for. So
touching is their story indeed!
Stephenson of England said, “A politician is perhaps the only career
that you don’t have to make preparations.” In early 1975, Wang, Jin-
represented his family business to participate in the founding of
the Kaohsiung County Industrial Association and first became a member of
the council, elected as president of the council after receiving the
majority support from all members. Since the beginning of his term, he
employed the method of “Factory Service”. Due to this fact in less than
a year Wang, Jin-Pyng had been to every corner of Kaohsiung County in
order to understand the condition of factories and mediating disputes.
This action won him the friendship of almost all and built his reputation
in Kaohsiung County.
By the end of 1975, the second election for increased legislator seats,
the original legislator from Kaohsiung Mr. Huang, Tung-Shu gave up
running to renew his term of office. Local figures after discussion asked
him to run for the post due to his fresh and friendly image. This is the
beginning of Wang, Jin-Pyng’s lifelong devotion to politics.
Recalling how he got himself involved in politics, Wang, Jin-Pyng said,
“ As I remember it was the funeral day of the late President Chiang Kai-
shek in 1975, I received a call from my oldest brother living in the
south. That phone call changed my career.” I never thought about
becoming a politician. Wang, Jin-Pyng only remembers that his brother
insisted that he take a plane down south for the discussion of an
important matter. After arriving south travel-stained, he met with his
older brother under the same roof with other public representatives such
as the county magistrate, local party committee member and other
“politicians”. The first question thrown to him was “Would you like to
run for legislator?” “I must be honest with you all. I have no idea
what a legislator should do, but if you want to run then I will not let
you down.” Hearing his own voice echo in the wind, a shiver of fear
slight climbed into Wang, Jin-Pyng’s heart. A commitment is a
commitment! He said to himself. Perhaps it’s his fate to become a
politician. With 194,444 supporting votes from fellow countrymen, he was
smoothly elected as legislator with the second highest vote. A new star
was born in Taiwan’s political field. Tthen he ran to renew his post and
quick as lightening, before he knew it, 24 years had gone by.
Wang, Jin-Pyng is a witness to this entire historical process--
the history of congress development in Taiwan, in other words the
progress of democracy in Taiwan. Since February 1, 1976 when he first
reported to the Legislative Yuan and started his career as a member of
congress till 1990, during the 14-year period, Wang, Jin-Pyng had
participated in the Finance Committee, learned discussion skills from
senior members also enriched himself with financial policy capability. In
the historical moment, crossing strict control and opening up, he
participated in the planning and drafting of major policies and at the
same time made major strategic decision. For example, in 1980, 1987, 1990
he many times acted to assemble members of Financial Committee and put
his efforts forward in making possible historical polices such as
innovative tax system, opening up the establishment of security firms,
lift prohibition of setting up private banks and removing foreign
exchange control schemes and other such policies.
  April 10, 1990, Wang, Jin-Pyng with his fifteen years of experience
as legislator and participation in major policy making, he was elected as
Vice-Chairman of Policy Committee of KMT party gaining an opportunity to
attend meetings of Central Policy Making Standing Committees. This is the
beginning of Wang, Jin-Pyng engaging himself in the works of the central
policy unit of the political party in power. On November 17 of the same
year, the Central Policy Making Standing Committee, in order to establish
close links to Legislative Yuan to promote policies, assigned members as
windows to each unit in Legislative Yuan. With his past experience in the
financial committee, Wang, Jin-Pyng was elected as the Chief of Finance
Committee at Central Policy Making unit responsible for negotiation as to
promote party policy passing related laws in the Legislative Yuan.
On December 31, 1991, all first senior members of the central public
representatives resigned and were replaced by 130 added seats that were
elected in 1989 to do their job in the Legislative Yuan. In this transit
period between the old and new Legislative Yuan, Wang, Jin-Pyng was
posted as KMT’s first director of the Working Committee also the Chief
Recorder of Party Office in charge of cross party negotiations. This
marks the beginning of him bringing his high negotiation skills to full.
With his respectable character and frank and sincere manner , the session
for year 1990 started smoothly. Overall negotiations went on in a
peaceful way, establishing a new record of no fighting in the Legislative
Yuan since the fighting went on for five years between 1987 and 1992.
  On February 1, 1993, Wang, Chin-Pyng was KMT’s candidate nomination
for the post of Vice-speaker of the Legislative Yuan for the Second Term
of legislators. Supported by a majority, he successfully captured the
post and started leading the congress. When the three-year term expired
he renewed his post. For his six-year period serving two consecutive
terms from February 1, 1993 to January 31, 1999, Wang, Jin-Pyng’s
performance was obvious to all. Not only that he substitutes the speaker
as chairman to sessions many times but also completed passing many
important laws such as the Self-governance Law for Provinces and
Counties, the Municipal Self-governance Law, National Health Insurance
Law, February 28 Incident Disposition and Compensation Act, the Joint
Development Law, the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and
Recall Law, Compulsory Automobile Liability Insurance Law, the Government
Procurement Law, Three Laws Pertaining to National Security, Three Laws
Pertaining to Communication and others. These laws mark distinguished
contributions to the development of our country.
  When he was posted as vice speaker of the Legislative Yuan, he has
other important roles to play demonstrating his wisdom. One of these is
the promoter of congress diplomacy. He has represented our Legislative
Yuan as Vice Speaker visiting abroad and also as representative to
receive guests from foreign countries. In 1992, he was posted as the
Director of the China-Japan Congress Member Interactions Association; he
became more active in promoting congress diplomacy. Secondly, played a
role as participant, joining in policy making of party in Legislative
Yuan. August 27, 1993, Wang, Jin-Pyng was elected as the central
committee at the 14th nationwide representative meeting of the KMT. At
the same time as the most popular committee member, he was elected as the
central standing committee member and renew his post each year ever
since. Due to his identity of participating in policy making of the
party, Wang, Jin-Pyng is able to make suggestions at appropriate times
concerning important national policy making, congress reform plans, major
local reform items and others. Thirdly, he is the major negotiator to
cross party negotiations in the Legislative Yuan. Since the end of 1990
when senior legislators resigned and were replaced by new legislators to
lead negotiations, Wang, Jin-Pyng at that time was posted as KMT
supervisor and started to search for a mechanism to make cross party
negotiation possible. In the second and third session, you can see the
function of this newly employed mechanism.
  Wang, Jin-Pyng builds his high reputation in his six-year term as
vice-speaker of the Legislative Yuan. In the forth session, many
supported him to be the speaker instead of the vice speaker of the
Legislative Yuan. On February 1, 1999, after over twenty years of
efforts, Wang, Jin-Pyng became the Speaker of the Legislative Yuan as
everyone had hoped. As the Legislative Yuan enters the 21st century,
Wang, Chin-Pyng will no doubt lead the congress with his grand wisdom.
Facts proves that as the Legislative Yuan was under the major impact of
reform in the first half session of the fourth term, in just one year,
Wang, Jin-Pyng promoted adjustments in organization, reinforced staff
members, crossed party negotiation according to the five major
Legislative Reorganization Act. In doing so he opened a model in congress
reform and contributed to the completion of discussion by the end of the
session. A total of sixty new laws were passed during the first half of
this session moreover confirmed the plan to move the Legislative Yuan to
a new place, which had been put off for a long time. The second half was
even more brilliant as ninety-six laws were passed, the second highest in
history since the highest record set with one hundred and forty-eight
laws passed in 1948. In addition to all these, there are other
extraordinary performances namely a lecture by the President of Costa
Rica in our Legislative Yuan, leading a visiting group to the Republic of
Macedonia, promoting our diplomatic relations with European countries…
  In the field of politics, no one ever doubts the unique political
charm possessed by Wang, Jin-Pyng. No celebrated names, no exaggerating
words. Although there are so many problems to be handled in the
Legislative Yuan, he can always stay firm and handle it with a calm mood--
always achieving his goal at the end.
“We must start a “Golden Age” in order to let the public have
their “Peaceful Years”. This is his core concept as a politician.
   As a philosopher, Wang, Jin-Pyng always faces his role and
position with a smiling face and a clearly defined logical way to
interpret issues.
With a picture of a“Golden Age” in his heart and a blueprint
of "Peaceful Years” in his mind, Wang, Jin-Pyng, after accumulating
rich capability and relations, devoted himself in promoting welfare
policies and building a harmonious society.
He said, “ As the Speaker of Legislative Yuan, I’m an instrument of the
country so I must maintain the function and dignity of the Legislative
Yuan. In the structure of social action, we should play a leading role.”
Aside from being the Speaker of the Legislative Yuan, KMT’s Central
Standing Committee Member and these “official posts”, he also holds
other pubic welfare positions such as Director of China-Japan Congress
Member Interactions Association, President of the Council for Taiwan
Major League Baseball Association, Board Chairman of the Formosa Cancer
Foundation, President of the Council for National Volunteer Fire
Fighters’ Association, Honored Board Chairman of the Charity Mothers
Association and Honored Board Chairman of the National No-Barrier Space
Development Association…etc.
In the 10th Presidential Election, Wang, Jin-Pyng takes up the post as
chief committee member for campaign headquarters of KMT’s presidential
candidate and vice-presidential candidate Mr. Lien Chan and Mr. Hsiao,
Wan-Chang. This is the utmost approval the party gives to him for his
rich experience in elections and his relations covering a wide range over
many different fields.
Crossing the end of the 20th century and passing through the millennium,
guiding the Legislative Yuan and navigating the presidential election,
Wang, Chin-Pyng is certain to make more contributions to this country in
the new century.
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