Ma has no right to intervene in nuke issue: Lin
By Joy Lee, The China Post
April 25, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday said that President Ma Ying-jeou should not intervene in the nuclear power controversy since the issue does not fall into the categories of national defense or foreign affairs.
Lin said that the issue regarding the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant should be handled by the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan instead of the president.
On Wednesday, Ma visited Lin, who started a hunger strike on April 22 against Nuke 4, and left a message in which he promised that once international and domestic experts have completed safety inspections on the power plant, its fate will be determined by a referendum.
Lin yesterday wrote back to Ma, saying that before the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan can make any decision on the Nuke 4 issue, no one, including the president himself, has the right to make any promises on behalf of the government.
Lin said that the president's job is to take care of foreign affairs and national defense while leaving other issues to the Executive Yuan under the supervision of the Legislative Yuan, something which ought to be common sense for everyone in Taiwan.
As for Ma's statement that the result of the proposed referendum will decide the fate of Nuke 4, Lin said that it is the Legislative Yuan's responsibility to decide whether or not a referendum should be proposed or whether a separate set of regulations should be made to solve the Nuke 4 issue.
Lin added that the disputes on Nuke 4 can be solved two ways: immediately cease construction on the power plant or hold a referendum to decide the power plant's fate.
Based on current regulations, Lin said, the best way to solve the issue would be either for the Executive Yuan to propose ceasing Nuke 4 construction and getting the Legislative Yuan to agree, or for the Legislative Yuan to produce a resolution demanding that the Executive Yuan follow suit.
According to the Constitution, Ma has the responsibility to mediate between the Legislative Yuan and the Executive Yuan in the event of a conflict, Lin said, adding, however, that Ma has been making statements with no legal basis, making it harder for him to arbitrate any issue regarding Nuke 4 between the two yuans.
Lin is currently on a hunger strike at the Gikong Presbyterian Church, which was built on the site of his former residence where his twin daughters and mother were murdered allegedly for his involvement in the 1979 Formosa Magazine incident.
The Public Has Its Own Opinions: Presidential Office
The Presidential Office yesterday said that the public has its own opinion regarding the article that Lin wrote to Ma.
Ma visited Lin because he cares about Lin's health, the Presidential Office said, adding that it has no comment on Lin's reply to Ma.