No Control Yuan members agree to reform: Wang
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien (王建煊) yesterday said that none of the members support the idea of implementing reforms on the Control Yuan's current system.
August 16, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
In response to the Control Yuan's failure to impeach Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-rung (張通榮), Wang has been voicing his desire for a review of the Control Yuan's monitoring system.
Wang said that given the way the Control Yuan faces impeachment cases, the final decision is based on if there are any questions proposed by Control Yuan members. If no questions are proposed, the impeachment case will be passed.
“This form of monitoring system cannot function well unless a certain reform is done,” Wang said, “but when I proposed to change into a voting system when dealing with impeachment, none of the Control Yuan members supported the idea.”
Wang said that many Control Yuan members in the past received the positions quid pro quo.
“Maybe most current Control Yuan members did receive their jobs quid pro quo,” Wang said, “but due to the low support rate for President Ma Ying-jeou and the up-coming local governor election, more people will go to the president and ask to be assigned a position in the government.”
“About the impeachment case of Keelung Mayor Chang,” Wang said, “the Control Yuan ignored the court's verdict that ruled Chang guilty and chose not to impeach him, which will definitely result in criticism from society.”
“Even though I personally do not care about the media's criticism against the Control Yuan,” Wang said, “if the media is right and they do speak up for people in Taiwan, I should let the public know about what the real question is concerning the Control Yuan operating system.”
“As long as it is something that will benefit the future of Taiwan,” Wang said, “I am never afraid to voice my opinions to help with the improvement of the government.”
Chang was convicted for illegally demanding that police release a woman who was being held on suspicion of drunk driving. He was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison and a fine of NT$2 million and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service by the Keelung District Court last month. The Control Yuan failed in both of its attempts to impeach Chang for interfering in police matters.
Wang Too Emotional: Control Yuan Member
Control Yuan member Ma Yi-kung (馬以工) yesterday said that Wang is too emotional about the recent dispute over Control Yuan's monitoring system.
Ma Yi-kung said that the Control Yuan's decisions are made through conscientious reviews and different Control Yuan members will be assigned to various cases, depending on the members' professional specialty.
Control Yuan member Yang Mei-ling (楊美鈴) said that the current anonymous system to make decisions on impeachment cases can be modified.
“Major impeachment cases,” Yang said, “like Keelung Mayor Chang's case, can be conducted through an open vote that will be recorded.”
“Reforming the system of Control Yuan should not equal to abolishing the Control Yuan,” said Yang.