President Chen, while stuttering badly, told me and other visitors his thoughts. I could tell from his words his devotion to Taiwan, his expectation to his fellow DPP members, and his unmistakable disappointments.
He points out that it is a very tough mission to achieve Taiwan's Independence. Chiang and his son imposed "Republic of China" over Taiwan, Lee called it "Republic of China ON TAIWAN", while President Chen took three steps, starting with "Taiwan is Republic of China", then "Taiwan is NOT China", and then the final step, "Taiwan and China are two Different Countries Across the Strait." His last step angered both China and the US.
The actual actions he took to abolish "National Unification Policy" and to seek "UN and WTO Memberships in names of Taiwan", made the US, China, and deep blue people enraged, leading to his current imprisonment.
He knew that he could not achieve Taiwan's Independence during his terms but he would like to build a foundation and a momentum, so that his successors could continue to push and to complete it. However, he is disappointed and saddened that DPP and its presidential candidates all abandoned it and chose to steer clear of it. He worries about the future of Taiwan and understands the hopeless situation of his, both driving him into deep depression.
As a psychiatric doctor, I was able to listen to him, a
wrongfully accused and imprisoned former President, to know first hand why he attempted suicide. This is why I wrote this report so that Taiwanese will understand him and be inspired. All other visitors heard the same statement as I reported here. The prison authority also recorded the whole conversation.
When he was discussing Taiwan's future and politics, he kept on talking even though he was stuttering badly and his right hand was trembling uncontrollably. When the topic turned to his illness and his appetite, he told us that he ate everything sent to him by the supporters (Note that there is a group of supporters who deliver daily meals to him and maintain a daily journal on the web.) When we asked him what he ate for lunch, he replied that he did not bother to remember these daily trivia because he had better use for his badly reduced memory capacity. I was saddened upon hearing this. I wonder why he would still care so much about Taiwan when he is in such a bad shape.
Note: After reading this article, Janice Chen, the leader of the volunteer medical team, believes that President Chen is giving us his will because he knows that he could die any time. Now we know the real reason behind his suicide attempt, not due to those minor issues announced by MOJ.
by Prof. Chen Shuen-Shen
June 5, 2013