DPP to propose amendment for Control Yuan dissolution
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Following Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien's (王建煊) suggestion to dissolve the government's top watchdog, legislators from the main opposition party voiced their support for Wang and are considering to propose a law amendment for the abolishment.
August 16, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Wang had slammed the Control Yuan harshly after it had failed to pass the impeachment of Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-rung (張通榮), a second blow to Wang as it had been unsuccessful on its first attempt back in July. Wang suggested for the Control Yuan to be dissolved and stated that he could not remember any of the Yuan's actual accomplishments so to speak.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) announced his discussion with fellow DPP members on Wang's remarks and their consensus of broaching an amendment in a press conference. If Wang is set for the abolishment, the DPP will be passing out a petition for all legislators to sign, Kuomintang members included, said Chen.
But before the dissolution is carried out, Wang should step down and organize a “Control Yuan Dissolution Association” and act as its convener, Chen suggested.
It has become a trend for many nations to separate the three governmental systems — judiciary, legislative and administrative — and the strategy is working well for them, said DPP Legislator Ye Yi-jin (葉宜津), who hinted for Taiwan to adopt a similar policy.
“Although Wang's remarks are often shocking, the Control Yuan is indeed falling short of its appointed responsibilities,” said DPP Chairman Su Tseng-cheng (蘇貞昌). Su also called upon the ruling party to keep its promise made during Ma's campaigning period; to be entirely responsible for its rule.
'Quid Pro Quo' A Misunderstanding: Ma
In the bout of fury Wang released on Wednesday, he criticized the Control Yuan members for being easily bribed and how their positions are near useless and are mere quid pro quo exchanges. The members lashed back angrily, saying Wang is the one holding a quid pro quo position.
President Ma Ying-jeou pronounced the accusations “major misunderstandings,” adding that the government does not need to deal out high-ranking positions in exchange for service of any sort.