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US pork bodes trouble for incoming Cabinet: DPP legislative caucus

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The issue of U.S. pork containing ractopamine will prove an “undetonated bomb” for the new premier, according to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus.

Incoming Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and a reshuffled Cabinet are set to be sworn in today.

Jiang is facing formidable challenges, said DPP Caucus Convener Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) on Sunday.

This March, Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) negotiators are likely to broach the topic of Taiwan's ban on ractopamine in pork. Taiwan's “pork barrel” cities and counties are highly sensitive to changes to the ban, and the issue is an undetonated bomb, Ker told local media.

How the ruling administration moves on U.S. pork will affect the DPP's campaign to recall legislators and the president, which is set to unfold in April, said Ker.

The DPP convener claimed other challenges for the new premier: an economic recession, “a political environment that is increasingly turning against the ruling administration” and issues like media monopolization, nuclear power and pension reform.

All related bills are set to “blossom” in the Legislative Yuan in March and April, said Ker.

Jiang Dragging Feet: Ker

Jiang is deliberately moving slowly over pension reform and prolonging social conflict, according to Ker.

While serving as vice premier, Jiang single-handedly shaped the Executive Yuan's pension reform, said Ker. Therefore, it is technically possible for the new Cabinet to submit a pension reform bill immediately after Jiang assumes the premiership.

Yet Jiang has chosen to delay the release date until April, as he wishes to avoid facing public scrutiny upon taking office. By doing so, the new premier effectively draws out social conflict over the reform, he said.

Ker said the major opposition party will provide stringent oversight on all Jiang's bills. “The flower buds grown in the ruling administration's greenhouse still must withstand the test of the outside storm,” he said.

DPP Slate

The DPP has drafted 10 of its own priority bills for the legislative session that opens Feb. 26, according to Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), executive director of the DPP's Policy Research Committee.

These include an anti-media monopolization law and a draft revision to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例), as an alternative to the Cabinet recommendation, said Wu.

Other priorities are bills for a nuclear-free homeland and revisions to the Political Donations Act (政治獻金法) and the Act Governing the Allocation of Government Revenues and Expenditures (財劃法), according to Ker, the caucus convener.

“Nuclear Power Plant No. 4 is an interminable dispute. It's time for the Legislative Yuan to face it afresh,” he said.

Before the new legislative session opens, the DPP caucus will meet to discuss an offensive strategy, said Ker.

1 Comment
February 18, 2013    carltanong@
Looks like the DPP can't wait for the election season and planned ahead with threatening action and word of "offensive strategy" for political purposes.

_BEFORE, the DPP use the name of our Goddess of Mercy and the Mayan prophecy with BIG FIRE and FURY to deceit the public.
_NOW, the DPP use the harassing language like “undetonated bomb”, "recall" "social conflict". "Withstand the test of the outside storm” to conceal their intrigue from the public.

The DPP even don't understand what Democracy means, then how can the DPP serve our country and people in Democratic way?

i.e.
The DPP never criticize and even don't take the issue to condemn 巖里政男_登輝 IwasatoMasao TENG HUI declaring Dioayutai belong to Japan without any concern of consent of the people of Taiwan freedom of choice..
_The DPP even did not condemn their own CHEN SHUI BIAN as corrupt and betray our country and people.
_Etc...

_Remember DPP. You should recall yourselves by not stopping 巖里政男_登輝 IwasatoMasao TENG HUI from declaring Dioayutai belong to Japan. Recall CSB from committing corruption and both committed state crimes.
_Remember DPP. You should recall yourselves from unbecoming legislator by fooling the Taiwanese public.
_Remember DPP. You should think twice that you failed to serve our country and people when u were in power but succeeded serving your own pocket.

Ten days to go as 228 will be your NEXT PLAN agenda to rise the BIG FIRE and FURY against the KMT. But we know what happened in 228 so did 巖里政男_登輝 IwasatoMasao TENG HUI.

RIGHT? 巖里政男_登輝 IwasatoMasao TENG HUI. U are no longer a Lee clan's that is why I omit your Surname. Sorry......Don't believe me? Ur picture had been DETACH from the wall of your own clan's. SHAME for u......
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