Ma should not renominate Control Yuan members: Su
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chairman Su Tseng-chang of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday advised President Ma Ying-jeou not to nominate members of the Control Yuan after their terms expire.
August 18, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Su issued the advice when asked by reporters to comment on a DPP lawmaker's plan to propose a constitutional amendment to abolish the Control Yuan, while visiting a plant in Thailand operated by Taida Electronics, a subsidiary of Delta Electronics in Taiwan.
Lawmaker Lee Chun-yi of the DPP recently said that he would initiate a proposal to amend the Constitution to drop the Control Yuan in line with Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien's comment on the abolishment of the government's highest watchdog, and to redistribute the authority of the Yuan to the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan.
In response, Su said that it's a difficult job to drop the Control Yuan via a constitutional amendment, and the best way to achieve the purpose is for President Ma not to nominate members of the Control Yuan after their terms expire.
Su continued that another method is for the Legislative Yuan to suspend or sharply cut the budget for the Control Yuan.
The DPP head said that the Control Yuan has given a bad impression in recent years, and Control Yuan President Wang Chien-hsien did made many strange remarks, all making the people wonder whether the watchdog body can really exercise its functions.
He also noted that in a democratic nation, similar functions of the existing Control Yuan in Taiwan are usually part of functions of its parliament. Accordingly, the government can move to gradually enhance the functions of the parliament while reducing that of the Control Yuan.