Premier gives policy report on seventh attempt
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah yesterday finally managed to deliver his policy report to the Legislative Yuan, after having been blocked from doing so by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) six times since the legislature's fall session began a full month ago.
October 19, 2013, 12:42 am TWN
Spurred by the breakthrough symbolizing the easing of lingering political turmoil, the Taiwan stock exchange market rallied significantly, with the weighted share price index surging 66.51 points to close at the year's new high of 8441.19.
In his report, Jiang called for collaboration between the executive and legislative branches, and said that the Cabinet has submitted to the Legislative Yuan 37 bills for priority legislation, along with the Taiwan-New Zealand economic cooperation agreement, the Services in Trade Agreement with China, and the 2014 central government budget plan.
“The Executive and Legislative Yuans are in the same boat. In speeding up our policy efforts, the Executive Yuan needs the support of the Legislative Yuan to pass related legislation and budgets to accelerate various reforms,” Jiang said.
Touching on public concerns over illegal wiretapping by the Special Investigation Division (SID) under the Supreme Prosecutors Office, the premier said the Cabinet will work with the Judicial Yuan to carry out a thorough review of the current system.
The law does not allow illegal wiretapping, he said, and even if wiretapping operations are conducted in accordance with law, they should be carried out properly and must not be abused.
On another front, Jiang also noted that the government will gradually reduce the nation's dependence on nuclear power and finally make Taiwan a nuclear-free country by actively implementing various carbon reduction measures and stabilizing power while managing to maintain reasonable electricity rates and avoid power rationing.
After the premier finished his report at 12:14 p.m. yesterday, he was warmly greeted by lawmakers of the ruling Kuomintang, who encouraged Jiang's Cabinet to cheer up and make all-out efforts on improving domestic economy.
The DPP-led opposition had barred Jiang from delivering his policy report six times since the Legislature's fall session opened Sept. 17.
Accusing Jiang of violating the constitutional division of powers by meddling in the Legislature, the DPP insisted that the premier apologize for remarks he made about Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng in a suspected influence-peddling case.
The DPP also alleged that Jiang had conspired with President Ma Ying-jeou to try to bring down Wang by using the case — in which wiretapping abuse on the part of SID was discovered — as political leverage.
Citing these reasons, the DPP proposed a no-confidence motion against Jiang on Oct. 11. The motion, however, was defeated on Oct. 15 by the ruling Kuomintang, which holds an absolute majority in the Legislature.
Although DPP legislators did not try to block Jiang's report yesterday, they were absent from the meeting in protest.
Legislators from the minority Taiwan Solidarity Union, meanwhile, held up protest banners in front of the podium as Jiang was delivering his report.