Control Yuan blasts lawmakers' intransigence
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien (王建?) yesterday blasted lawmakers for preventing Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) from giving his policy report at the Legislature.
October 9, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
“By what right do (lawmakers) prevent him from taking the podium? The six boycotts have kept (the Legislature) idle,” Wang said.
From former Presidents Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian to incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan's situation has worsened over the past 25 years, Wang said, adding that the island looks to be spiraling down a bottomless pit.
Society has come to a point at which there is no right or wrong, while people spend their time magnifying small problems into large ones, diverting attention from the actual issues, Wang said, stressing the abnormality of the phenomenon.
Wang said that he loves Taiwan but has felt rather depressed over the past few days, worrying about the course that the island seems to be taking.
Policy reports are essentially intended for the people, not lawmakers, Wang said, explaining that lawmakers are only in the Legislature acting as representatives and proxies of the people.
Members of the manufacturing and business sectors have come out urging the nation to focus on the big picture instead of squabbling over trivia, Wang said, adding that government officials and lawmakers should keep the people close to their hearts.
The head of the Control Yuan previously said that Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) should resign over his involvement in influence peddling.
When asked if he still felt the same way, the Control Yuan chief said that during the last legislative term, the Kuomintang held a three-quarter majority in the Legislature, but somehow managed to get itself strong armed by an opposition that held only one-fourth of the seats, and in the end, nothing got done.
The Legislature is still in the same position, the Control Yuan chief said, asking rhetorically, “Isn't it clear who should be held responsible?”