Kuomintang's new caucus whip pleads for solidarity
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang's (KMT) new caucus whip, Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福), said yesterday that the ruling party must remain united if it wants to surmount the challenges of this legislative session.
September 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Lin yesterday took over as caucus whip from Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆).
The caucus yesterday held a meeting at the KMT headquarters, inviting Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) and Cabinet Secretary-General Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁). Around 30 KMT lawmakers attended the conference.
Lin said that there are 40 priority bills to be considered, as well as the central government's budgetary bill, during the current session, urging all party members to remain united.
If the Legislative Yuan is unstable, it will not be able to pass any of the bills, while foreign investors will shy away from Taiwan as a result of its instability, Lin said.
The caucus whip further urged the government's executive branches to communicate with lawmakers on important policies.
The Cabinet was previously criticized over what was perceived as a lack of communication with the Legislative Yuan.
Lai said that more than 110 bills were past during the last session, and that although the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum and cross-strait service trade pact were not passed by the Legislature, there are no limits as long as the caucus remains united.
“Last session, a bomb was thrown our way. This session, we will be facing nuclear and chemical weapons,” Lai said, referring to the various recent political crises.
The ruling party has no room for evasion, but by facing its problems and by remaining united, it will rise to the occasion and surmount the challenges it faces, Lai said, echoing Lin's statements.
Lai thanked his fellow lawmakers for their support.