Ma Ying-jeou says the president's TV address is not enough Taiwanese opposition leader Ma Ying-jeou yesterday vowed to continue with moves to oust President Chen Shui-bian, a day after Mr Chen accused him of trying to grab power. Mr Ma criticised the president for being reluctant to give up power despite allegations his family and government were corrupt. 'I feel bad that the recall motion has been [orchestrated] to become a political fight. This is not what I want,' Mr Ma said in a 30-minute televised address to the public. The speech came a day after Mr Chen made a two-hour televised rebuttal of opposition moves to oust him. The recall motion, which the legislature began debating yesterday, came about after the accusations were levelled, he said. Mr Ma, head of the Kuomintang and the opposition's likely candidate for the 2008 presidential election, described Mr Chen's speech as a masterpiece from an eloquent lawyer, not a clarification on the allegations, which was what the public wanted. In the allegation that has hit closest to home for the president, his wife, Wu Shu-chen, is under investigation for allegedly accepting NT$5 million ($1.2 million) worth of gift vouchers in exchange for using her influence to help a business tycoon fight for the ownership of the Pacific Sogo Department Store. 'The president failed to tell us clearly whether his wife had accepted the Sogo gift vouchers,' Mr Ma said. 'Instead he said Ms Wu had never 'directly' accepted the vouchers.' He asked Mr Chen to clarify what that meant and whether he would step down if his wife had accepted vouchers indirectly from any of the businessmen seeking her lobbying efforts. Mr Ma also attacked the integrity of Mr Chen, saying the president had vowed to quit if he had accepted political contributions from disgraced tycoon Chen Yu-hao, who was convicted of breach of trust and embezzlement. Mr Chen has admitted he had accepted contributions from the man. Mr Ma also asked the president's ruling Democratic Progressive Party to support the recall motion, saying that given the party's boasts of integrity and commitment to reform it should have deserted Mr Chen. Otherwise, the party would be tarred with the reputation of siding with corruption, he said. The island's legislature began the first of four days of debate on the opposition's recall motion yesterday. The debate was boycotted, however, by DPP legislators and those from its informal ally, the Taiwan Solidarity Union. The legislature will vote to decide the fate of the motion next Tuesday.