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KMT lawmakers to be fined over Nuke 4 vote

The Kuomintang (KMT) caucus said yesterday that punishments will be meted out, according to party regulations, to five of its lawmakers who voted against its consensus to continue construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.

The Legislature yesterday voted on the Democratic Progressive Party's proposal to stop Nuke 4 construction and other issues concerning the future of the power plant.

Among the ruling party lawmakers who voted against their party line were Legislators Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), Lee Ching-hua (李慶華), Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾), Lin Guo-cheng (林國正) and Luo Ming-cai (羅明才).

Despite the “runaway” votes, the KMT ultimately won as it still holds a majority in the Legislature.

“My stance has never changed. If they want to fine me NT$20,000 so be it,” said Ting.

Lo, an outspoken KMT maverick, said, “Nuke 4 is already dead ... If construction has stopped, why is there still a budget for it? They can fine me if they want. I am not the only one (who voted differently) anyway.”

Lee said, “The caucus understands my stance, because I proposed the referendum to stop construction. According to the law, legislators are required to take the opposite side of the Cabinet. If the caucus has decided to punish me, then it should not have chosen me to propose the referendum ... The caucus informed me that the person who makes a proposal is the only person who is allowed to vote according to his own preferences. If I voted alongside them today, it would've meant that the referendum is fake.”

The KMT caucus said that all of its lawmakers were demanded to be present in yesterday's session, and that a consensus regarding the vote had been reached beforehand.

Party regulations are designed to unite members' opinions, the caucus said, adding that lawmakers went against the consensus will be punished accordingly.

KMT Blocks All Nuke 4-related Bills

The DPP made additions to the session agenda before the meeting began, including a demand for Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to deliver a report on the Nuke 4 construction halt, a demand to “actually” stop construction on the power plant, and a proposal to make laws that push for a complete nuclear power phase-out.

The KMT voted against all nuclear-related bills, including the scrapping of the NT$8.1 billion budget for Nuke 4 and the proposal to terminate the power plant by year-end.

One different vote will cost each legislator NT$10,000, said KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池).

May 10, 2014    billparkhurst@
nukes are not the future power source in Taiwan...the government must implement solar panels on all roofs as the need to stop global warming is clear
May 11, 2014    ntcmtlpeterlee@
The so-called consensus is apparently something manipulated by Ma, Jiang & KMT caucus who are impotent to solve the Nuke 4 issue. According the earlier news, after protest against Nuke 4 exploded, Ma first promised a referendum and then promised to halt the construction.
Now they want to go on with the construction without the promised referendum. This fact tells all Taiwanese that KMT government headed by Ma & Jiang is a regime which does not keep its promise and therefore is not reliable and responsible. History has taught us that any regime which goes against the wish of the people shall eventually, sooner or later, be abandoned or overthrown by the people.

The 5 KMT lawmakers who voted courageously against the so-called consensus did it based on their conscience and the loyalty toward the people who elected them as lawmakers. They deserve the encouragement and support of the people because what they did is an excellent example for not only all the lawmakers in Legislative Yuan but also all the elected officials in the government including Ma, who was also elected by the people.

Republic of China founded by Dr. Sun Yet-Shien should be a democratic republic in conformance to the Three People's Principles -
of the people, by the people and for the people.

The fact that KMT wants to fine these 5 courageous lawmakers is an indication that its focus is always on money. Poor KMT!
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