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Land Act could lead public to 'stigmatize' agents: premier

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that if he did not request the Legislative Yuan to reconsider the recently passed Land Administration Agent Act amendment, land agents would be easily questioned and stigmatized by society over their credibility.

The Legislative Yuan yesterday invited Jiang to deliver a report regarding the reconsideration proposal of the Land Administration Agent Act amendment. During an interpellation, many legislators questioned why Jiang had to ask the Legislative Yuan to hold an extra session for the bill if the new regular legislative session begins in February.

Noting that the article would have a huge impact on the nation's housing, Jiang said the Executive Yuan could not take the risk of waiting until the next session, and therefore had to ask the Legislature to reconsider the bill. “This is the fastest way to solve this problem,” he added.

Jiang said the amended article of the bill grants land administration agents a grace period of seven to 15 days to correct property information if the price they registered is found to be inaccurate.

The premier said that such an article could be manipulated by dishonest land administration agents to register false housing information and could shatter the government's real transaction price registry system.

Jiang said that since the government launched the real transaction price registry platform over a year ago, only 16 land administration agents were fined due to intentionally false registrations, noting that the statistic suggests that most land administration agents abide by laws.

Nevertheless, Jiang said, if the law grants them a grace period to correct their mistakes, not only would people doubt the government's system, but they would also question land administration agents' credibility.

MOI to Propose Supplementary Regulations

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) yesterday afternoon proposed that if a landowner offers inaccurate information to a land administration agent, he or she will be fined and the land administration agent may be exempt from punishment.

The MOI said it will officially submit a more detailed proposal to the Legislative Yuan during the next regular legislative session.

Legislative Yuan Agenda Today

The Legislative Yuan yesterday decided that it will put the reconsideration proposal to a vote this morning, and after the vote it will discuss the controversial amendment to the food safety law.

The Legislature also decided to discuss today whether the Chinese New Year toll-free hours would be prolonged from seven hours to 10.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus had proposed that highway drivers should be completely exempt from paying tolls during the Chinese New Year, but the proposal was rejected by the Legislative Yuan.

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