Ker calls for probe of self over lobbying claims
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday asked for an investigation into his involvement in a lobbying case and called for the probe to be conducted transparently.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
The DPP expressed approval over Ker's request.
In a press conference, Ker announced that he had submitted the application on Tuesday as the legislative session had just kicked off, saying that he wished to prove that he was ready for the investigation and for punishment if the lobbying claims were found to be true.
“I only have one request: to have the investigation procedure broadcast on television. I am ready to take on any challenge; let the trial of the century begin,” said Ker, also reiterating that he would accept all consequences if the probe was made public.
Ker requesting the probe on his own shows his readiness to face the consequences, if any, said DPP caucus whip Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡).
Wu added that Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming, who was responsible for revealing the lobbying case, should be subjected to a similar probe.
Reshuffling of Discipline Committee
Ker also voiced concerns about the Discipline Committee. “The committee members from the last legislative session were all Kuomintang (KMT) members. (In such circumstances) it would be impossible to hold efficient and honest meetings. A new session calls for a new panel of committee members,” said Ker.
This session's Discipline Committee will be drawn from all legislative committees in a public ballot.
When asked about his thoughts regarding the practice of cross-caucus negotiations, Ker replied that he would be glad to discuss the topic in a public hearing, but stressed the difference between the negotiations and backroom deals.
“If I am able to start a revolution within the Legislature, my position and my reputation would be of no importance. I am willing to take the brunt of things,” said Ker.
Ker added that he had informed DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng of his decision, and that both political leaders expressed their support for him.
According to Discipline Committee regulations, the committee is made up of eight members, one from each of the Legislature's eight standing committees. The four possible punishments the committee may deal out are a spoken apology, a written apology, a suspension period from the legislative session of four to eight months and a suspension of power from three to six months.
Several KMT legislators stated that the DPP should be conducting its own probe and dealing out punishments regarding Ker's case, or the party will fail to convince the public of its sincerity in handling the lobbying incident.
Although Ker has applied for a probe, it would not be scheduled until after the new committee members are announced on Sept. 23.
Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) holds a press conference in Taipei yesterday. Ker asked for a probe to be conducted by the Legislative Yuan's ...