Pan-greens furious after KMT blocks proposed legislation
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus yesterday shouted their displeasure as the Kuomintang (KMT) caucus tabled the pan-green camp's list of legislative proposals yesterday.
September 28, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
DPP legislators, along with representatives from the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus, had moved to add several bills to the docket, including a proposal for the reform of legislative procedure. The KMT's opposition to the motion provoked mayhem within the session.
The pan-green camp did not have the votes necessary to break the opposition stonewall, with a KMT majority effectively blocked further action on the pan-green bills.
The DPP's proposed legislative reforms included stipulations that the Legislative Yuan speaker shall be politically neutral, future probes and wiretappings shall be restricted by regulations, legislative proceedings shall be transparent enough for the public to understand and the quality of bill-passing procedures shall be ameliorated.
Other rejected bills — all sponsored by the DPP — include an amendment to the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act and legislation to cancel the electricity price-hike scheduled for October.
With their proposals rejected, the DPP caucus remained insistent in blocking Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) from delivering policy reports in the Legislature.
“The DPP is always trying to change the meeting schedules and ruining the customs of the Legislature just to prevent the premier from speaking,” said KMT Legislator Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池).
KMT Legislator Lee Ching-hua's (李慶華) proposal to withdraw a bill that would institute a referendum on the fate of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant was also blocked by his fellow legislators. KMT lawmakers were inclined to postpone the reading and passage of the referendum proposal while the plant's safety systems await testing, but they came out strongly against withdrawing the bill. Lee was the only KMT member who voted for a withdrawal.
Arguing with Speaker Wang?
Several local media outlets captured what appeared to be a heated discussion between Lin and Wang during the caucus vote. The argument was believed to have stemmed from Lin's accusations that Wang was rooting for the pan-green camps, a charge that Wang allegedly refuted angrily.
Wang later stated that he was frantically trying to get his point across to Lin and asking Lin not to bring counter-proposals after the KMT caucus rejected the DPP's bills.
“It would take a long time to pass the counter-proposals, making it impossible for Premier Jiang to deliver his reports in the afternoon. The consequences would be severe if the premier is still denied a chance to make his reports,” said Wang.
Lin was in line with Wang's claim, saying that he had not been arguing with the speaker.