KMT urges DPP to support Free Economic Pilot Zones bill
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China Post
May 28, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday again urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to support the Special Act Governing Free Economic Pilot Zones.
The heads of five DPP-governed cities and counties on Monday issued a joint statement, blasting the KMT caucus for asking them to express support of the Cabinet's bill to implement Free Economic Pilot Zones (FEPZs).
In response, KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said yesterday that the fate of the bill will have an effect on Taiwan's economic development, and that by inviting mayors and magistrates to a discussion at the Legislative Yuan, the KMT was hoping to gauge the stances of each city and county regarding FEPZs.
The heads of DPP-governed cities and counties previously expressed their support of the zones, including Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) who once said that she would fully support the central government in implementing the FEPZs, and Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德), who personally participated a meeting organized by the Council for Economic Planning and Development, now the National Development Council, expressed a determination to have an FEPZ established in his city, the spokesman said.
The joint statement called for dialogue, Chen said, asking rhetorically whether the opposition's frequent seizure of the Legislature's rostrum constituted dialogue.
In their joint statement, the mayors and magistrates said that they don't have an underlying binary logic when it comes to FEPZs, and that it's not a question of whether cities and counties "want" or "don't want" the zones, Chen said.
However, doesn't seizing the rostrum signify that the opposition "doesn't want" the FEPZs, Chen asked.
If DPP magistrates and mayors believe that having FEPZs will be beneficial to Taiwan, then they should get passed party politics and openly support the policy, as opposed to planning to reap the benefits of the project without expressing support due to ulterior motives, Chen said.