DPP to push Special Investigation Division's axing
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday reached a consensus to push for the abolishment of the Special Investigation Division (SID) at the Legislative Yuan.
September 12, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
The SID recently conducted a two-month-long wiretap that allegedly revealed illegal lobbying by Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) on behalf of DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), resulting in Wang's dismissal from the Kuomintang.
The DPP yesterday voiced its determination to have the SID scrapped, saying that it had become a “sniper” for Ma in firing leading politicians.
Wang became the second political leader to be removed from his position in the lobbying controversy, after Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) resigned as justice minister last week.
“The SID has overstepped its bounds in wiretapping leading politicians and revealing the confidential contents to Ma,” said DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲).
“It has become Ma's tool in demolishing his political enemies, and no longer has value in its existence. General Prosecutor Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) should be suspended and investigated regarding his legal responsibilities.
“Ma is abusing the judiciary and meddling in legislative issues; his actions have endangered Taiwan's constitutional regime.”
From the Taiwanese people's point of view, Ma is violating the constitution and expanding his power as president in a political conflict he fueled on his own, Lin continued.
“Ma interfered with an ongoing probe and exploited information he obtained from illegal wiretapping and deemed Wang — who is in Ma's own party — guilty before an actual trial.”
The DPP concluded that Ma has upset the balance between the executive, legislature and judiciary, and should be held responsible for the damage to the judicial system and for the violation of the constitution.
“I hope that Taiwan can end the rule of a secret agent and progress to an actual democracy,” said Ker, repeating a description he gave earlier this week of Ma as a “secret agent.”
DPP Refuses to Hear Premier
Wang gathered legislators to discuss issues to be voted on in the Legislature's second session, but the DPP caucus unanimously refused to allow Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to deliver Cabinet reports and voiced its displeasure over the session's schedule.
In response, Wang organized a cross-caucus negotiation on Sept. 13.
The DPP stressed its reasons for turning down Jiang's scheduled speech. “Jiang's reports are of relatively little importance compared to the recent political conflicts. We believe Jiang has prepared himself for such a response,” noted Lin.
“The DPP has tried to manipulate the rostrum in the past three sessions. This time the circumstances are more complicated. I'm sure they will try again this time,” said KMT Legislator Lin Hung-chih.