No need for me to apologize: premier
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday refused demands for him to issue an apology and denied that he had violated any of his powers as a legislator.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
In an interview broadcast on a radio station, Jiang pointed to opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators who repeatedly blocked him from speaking in legislative sessions while demanding that he apologize for a previous speech about Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng.
“The members of the Executive Yuan and I will not make any concessions due to the accusations of others,” said Jiang, who denied reports quoting him as saying that the Executive Yuan is ready for a Legislative Yuan without Wang as the speaker.
Jiang clarified: “What I said was that no matter what happens in the Legislative Yuan, the Executive Yuan has to be ready for anything.” He went on to argue that the Executive Yuan must be able to take care of all administrative matters while facing potential disputes in the Legislative Yuan.
“My speech was mistaken by opposition parties as a violation of legislative power, as a criticism of Wang and as a manipulation of the Legislative Yuan's decision-making process, and I truly think that asking me to apologize is an unreasonable demand,” said Jiang.
According to Jiang, accusations that Wang and DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming were involved in illegal lobbying should be taken seriously.
“The public should not focus on personal factors or political wrestling because this is a good opportunity for society to review political and cultural systems,” said Jiang.
“Instead of focusing on whether the Executive Yuan can comment on the Legislative Yuan,” Jiang said, “opposition parties should emphasize the question of whether any legislators were involved in illegal lobbying.”
“I did not try to criticize the Legislative Yuan. I just hope Taiwan can have a better legislative culture,” said Jiang.
According to Jiang, the Legislative Yuan should proceed to take care of any political issues democratically and rationally.
“It will benefit the nation if the Legislative Yuan can fulfill its responsibility based on the Constitution,” said Jiang.
Since the new legislative session began in September, Jiang has attended three sittings of the Legislative Yuan. In each of these sittings, he could only sit in the assembly hall as opposition members blocked him from ascending to the podium and delivering his policy report.
The Legislative Yuan is set to begin its plenary interpellation session on Oct. 1.