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ECFA sent for second reading

The Premier did not appear at the Legislative Yuan despite having said earlier that he would agree to report to the legislature on the ECFA largely due to the lack of guarantee from the DPP not to boycott the legislative procedure.

Legislative Speaker Wang said he would gather representatives from both KMT and DPP to negotiate the condition for the Premier to report to the legislature today.

The KMT legislative caucus would only agree to have the Premier at the legislature only if the DPP agree to treat him “with courtesy,” sources from the KMT told the Central News Agency.

DPP legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said that the Premier's appearance is not the focus of today's debate, which should be about the procedural flaw of sending the ECFA straight to second reading without committee review.

Clashes had been expected by the media as lawmakers interrupted their recess for the week-long extraordinary session on the trade deal that was seen as one of the most important and controversial in Taiwan's history. The ECFA, signed June 29 between Taiwan and China and approved by the Executive Yuan July 2, aims to substantially reduce tariffs and trade barriers between the two sides.

The CNA quoted an unidentified high ranking DPP official as saying that yesterday clash was the party's strategy of fighting a “limited war” to make its stance on the Beijing-friendly ECFA while not letting the issue to drag on to the year-end mayoral elections.

While the ECFA might impact some Taiwan businesses, it would undeniably benefit part of Taiwan's economy, therefore the best plan for the DPP is to contain the debate inside the legislative procedure and prevent it to become an issue for the elections, the DPP official said.

There are voices within the DPP calling for the boycott of ECFA review, but they were rejected by the DPP's decision-makers, the official said.

Walking out of the procedure will be unwise because the public will regard it as a sign of irresponsibility on the DPP's part, the official explained. “It is better to have a brawl to make our case and to answer to our constituents.”

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July 9, 2010    w.a.roeland@
They call themselves ""lawmakers"', but they often behave like lawless hooligans in parliament. Politicians should be an example of correct behaviour and leadership towards their own nation and abroad and should not be downgraded to a bunch of vile ruffians who hate each others guts. They forget that the whole world is watching. Misbehaviour in parliament should be banned and offenders dismissed for life out of office. How can Taiwanese people be governed if their so called legislators cannot even control themselves!
July 9, 2010    johnny.brian@
DPP is really a sour losers. Two things they can do are fight at legislature and rally against the government. In the end, they only want to prove they are pro-people and for the poor people. DO NOT VOTE FOR DPP because they are born LOSERS, FOOLS and ARROGANT. Pen Du!
July 9, 2010    ludahai_twn@
Too bad Taiwan didn't have a proper revolution like Romania or other eastern bloc countries. They were able to clean out a lot of the relics of their former dictatorial past that Taiwan never did. Is it too late?

Unfortunately, the KMT made off with a lot of state assets during the days of one-party rule and use that in order to bamboozle the public with their lies and buy votes at election time... Taiwan's democracy will remain dysfunctional until something is done about this relic of the one-party state.
July 9, 2010    carltanong@
Yes. All DPP are all Pen Du. How could Mom Tsai govern a city or a nation if Mom Tsai cant control and discipline her own DPP legislators to behave, instead training them to wear headband like hoodlums climbing the podium like a wild animals. Shame on you Mom Tsai. We saw the DPP hoodlums gone amok inside the Legislative Yuan in the television breaking news again. SHAME_SHAME_SHAME!!!
An advisory to all voters:
Vote wisely. The DPP are unqualified to be your legislators. Those DPP are all HOODLUMS, GOONS and CORRUPTORS.
Mom Tsai. Stop all your nonsense now. The peoples and our country need to live in a peaceful life and to survive with prosperity. Disband and dissolve your Devil Democratic Pendu LOSERS. Exiled yourself and bring all yours D P Pendu to south and Central America.
July 9, 2010    kmtyay@
Totally agree with you johnny.brian. I think Taiwan is better off returning to our one-party martial law period of the 80s, where there isn't such parliamentary fighting and civil disobedience is dealt with strongly. Anyone who defies the rules (listen carefully DPP legislators...) will be sent to gulags until they are re-educated and reformed. Wait... hang on a minute, Taiwan will soon be part of PRC... and we can look forward to some peace and quiet in the parliament soon! YAY! Can't wait!! Long live KMT!!! *woot woot*
July 9, 2010    alexand55@
"They (lawmakers) forget that the whole world is watching. "

Don't worry, the world ISN'T watching Taiwan because the world couldn't care less.

July 9, 2010    trevorwitcombe@
The total immaturity of Taiwanese people, in many situations , is so embarrassing!! What on earth do they think the rest of the world thinks when they see our so called "lawmakers" behaving like spoilt kids, who cannot have their own way? And what type of ROLE MODELS are these "bone-headed" idiots for the future generation?? Is this why so many of my students are unable to communicate unless they throw a tantrum, or worse still, say nothing? "Parents", and I use that word loosely, AND the entire older generation on this island, are basically raising a bunch of spoilt, self- centred, fat, lazy brats.........and scenes like this on TV only show how totally childish the "high- flying" , "professional" , lawmakers really are.
July 9, 2010    the_alliance47@
The Legislative Yuan breaking out in fist fights has always been an embarrassment to democracy. The United States Congress does not break out in fights. If you want entertainment AND democracy, look at the UK Parliament. Their debates actually make politics look fun.
July 10, 2010    linie_lin@
I think it will be a good idea to turn off the camera every time they fight. It’s so shameful to this country...the world can see that they are not smart, they are stupid, wild brats, unprofessional stupid lawmakers.
July 14, 2010    dppzuck@
ludahai_twn@ wrote:
Too bad Taiwan didn't have a proper revolution like Romania or other eastern bloc countries. They were able to clean out a lot of the relics of their former dictatorial past that Taiwan never did. Is it too late?

Unfortunately, the KMT made off with a lot of state assets during the days of one-party rule and use that in order to bamboozle the public with their lies and buy votes at election time... Taiwan's democracy will remain dysfunctional until something is done about this relic of the one-party state.
ECFA already SIGNED, SHAME on YOU!!!
July 14, 2010    cigars898@
to: dppzuck@

Why is it that no one in the KMT wants to come clean on all the stolen assets? Sure would satisfy a lot of people in Taiwan. Right the wrong. Instead we get people that reply with, " ECFA already SIGNED, SHAME on YOU!!!" What are you even talking about? Shame on someone wanting justice. People are all up in arms, and rightfully should be, about Chen and his corruption but the KMT is just as guilty and probably more so because it was done on such a broader scale.
July 15, 2010    carltanong@
@cigars898

dppzuck was right...
"ECFA already SIGNED"_means both sides are pursuing Peace, Harmony and Prosperity.
"SHAME on YOU"_means that the DPP who apply Hoodlums and Goons law above Rules of Law inside the LY created SHAME to our country and it was broadcast throughout the world.
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ECFA sent for second reading
Lawmakers from the ruling Kuomintang, in dark blue vests, and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, in beige vests, clash yesterday afternoon soon after the debate on the ECFA began. (CNA)



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