Kuomintang urges opposition to refrain from instigating fights
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday urged the opposition to stop blocking legislative procedure after the latter failed to pass a no-confidence motion against the premier.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
KMT Culture and Communications Committee Director Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) said that the Legislature has been kept idle for a month because of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Given that the DPP's no-confidence motion against Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) has failed, the DPP should start focusing on the nation's welfare and stop instigating political fights, Fan Chiang said.
The DPP has repeatedly used the constitutional right to propose a no-confidence motion as a means to gain power, the director said, adding that opposition lawmakers had proposed a no-confidence motion just last year.
This “one no-confidence motion per year” routine has achieved nothing but political and social instability, Fan Chiang said.
The director singled DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) out for protecting opposition caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) against the latter's involvement in the controversial influence-peddling case and for allowing his party's lawmakers to block legislative procedure.
The Cabinet has been prevented six times from fulfilling its constitutional obligations due to the opposition, during which the Legislature was consequently deprived of its right to interpellate the Cabinet because of the DPP's actions, Fan Chiang said.
“Chairman Su Tseng-chang said (on Monday) that 'even if the no-confidence motion fails to pass, Premier Jiang should not (be allowed to) take the podium,' which proves that the DPP is opposing (the administration) just for the sake of doing so, treating (the constitution) as a means to instigate power struggles,” the director said.
The KMT urges the DPP to seriously consider whether its actions are in line with the public's expectations, Fan Chiang said, adding that when the public is yearning for stability, the DPP should help pass economically beneficial bills, such as the cross-strait service trade pact and the Taiwan-New Zealand economic cooperation agreement, and fulfill its obligations to the people.
Taiwan Needs to Get Back on Track: Industry Head
General Chamber of Commerce Chairman Lawrence Chang (張平沼) said yesterday that the nation can no longer tolerate Taiwan's decreasing competitive edge, urging the ruling and opposition parties to stop their fighting and allow the Legislature to get back on track.
It is the DPP caucus' constructional right to propose a no-confidence motion, but since the motion has failed, the opposition should respect regulations and allow proceedings to get back to normal, Chang said, urging DPP lawmakers not to give up their right to interpellate the premier.
Taiwan cannot afford to remain idle, Chang said, adding that the ruling and opposition parties should calm down and focus on the nation's future, whereas the public will come to a fair assessment of their performance on its own.
Opposing the administration for its own sake will only lead to the diminishing of Taiwan's competitive edge, Chang said.
Nations across the globe are trying to improve their economies, and Taiwan's politicians should follow suit and start thinking about the public's welfare, allowing the island to take a greater part in the global community and get back on track to economic recovery, Chang said.