KMT, DPP to focus on issues of nuclear power and media monopolies
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Both the Kuomintang (KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will tackle the issues of nuclear power and media monopolies when the new legislative session begins tomorrow.
February 25, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
During the session, the ruling party will focus on annuity reforms, Nuclear Power Plant No. 4 and measures to prevent media monopolies, KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said yesterday.
The KMT will invite lawmakers and administrative officials to a meeting today to discuss the prioritized drafts for the new legislative session, Lin said, adding that President Ma Ying-jeou, who doubles as KMT chairman, and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) will attend.
Lin said that the Executive Yuan has also proposed prioritizing other drafts, including the Public Debt Act, the Act Governing the Allocation of Government Revenues and Expenditures, and the Public Television Act. The KMT expects there to be over 100 prioritized drafts.
In light of improving communication between the Legislature and the Cabinet, the party will form special committees to deal with annuity reforms, media monopolies and nuclear power, according to Lin.
The special committees will also serve the function of integrating opinions from various legislative sectors and reaching consensuses among KMT lawmakers.
The ruling party will discuss the operation of the special committees after the legislative session begins. Lin added that any lawmakers interested in the issues are welcome to join the committees.
Meanwhile, opposition DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said yesterday that the DPP will put its full force behind pushing through the “Nuclear-free Homeland Act” in the coming legislative session and to stop the government completing and launching Nuclear Power Plant No. 4.
Ker added that the “Nuclear-free Homeland Act” will be the party's top priority in the legislative session.
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) will lead a party meeting today to discuss strategy on nuclear power, media ownership, annuity reform and the long-stalled draft of the “Political Party Act,” Ker said.
Ker went on to elaborate that in order to make ensure the suitability of media enterprise owners, the DPP will work harder to push through the anti-media monopoly draft.
It will also fight to ensure that citizens have the right to launch litigation to stop inappropriate media mergers.