TWO rebel vice-chairmen of the Kuomintang (KMT) were blasted yesterday by the party for their 'warlord mentality'. Chien Han-sen, director-general of the KMT's Department of Cultural Affairs, said Lin Yang-kang and Hau Pei-tsun would be denounced for campaigning for opposition New Party candidates in legislative elections this Saturday. But he declined to say if the two vice-chairmen, who will run for president and vice-president in March, would be expelled or what punishment they would face for violating party discipline. The KMT spokesman indirectly criticised former defence minister Mr Hau for proclaiming himself the party's 'temple worker'. When he announced his candidacy earlier this month, Mr Hau reportedly said he was the KMT's temple worker and anyone who tried to expel him was a 'beggar'. In Chinese folkfore, the temple worker is responsible for 'expelling' beggars who gather at the temple. 'Only the elected party chairman is the temple worker. If he is not chairman, he can't call himself the temple worker,' Mr Chien said. 'Those people cannot accept that and want to set up their own party, of course they can do so. But they cannot use the name of the Chinese Kuomintang. They have no right to the name. So there's no question of a split,' Mr Chien said. He said the period of warlords had passed and members could not set up their own party central committee whenever they liked. It was 'unreasonable and unacceptable' for high-ranking officials such as Mr Lin and Mr Hau to campaign for candidates of other parties, Mr Chien said. The KMT is facing an uphill battle in the election this Saturday and some analysts have suggested that it may not be able to secure a majority of the 164 seats in the new legislature.