Legislative reform should start in legislature: KMT

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 02, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng greets the public at a Christmas party held by the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday evening. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng greets the public at a Christmas party held by the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday evening. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

responded to Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) call for a debate regarding “parliamentary reforms” while campaigning in Hsinchu, where Ker is being challenged by a New Power Party (NPP) legislative candidate who said Ker was 0complicit in cementing the legislative “black box” negotiations.

Wang late on Monday wrote on Facebook that he “strongly agrees” with legislative reforms proposed by NPP Chairperson Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) and the party’s legislative candidate in Hsinchu City, Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智).

“If this legislative session passes bills allowing the Legislative Yuan to carry out investigations and hold hearings, they could be put into effect when the new legislative session begins in February next year and the new government takes office in May, and there would be no need to wait,” Wang said, adding that he would like to invite the leaders of political parties to have a public conversation over reforms.
“As the New Power Party has a clear and shared view [on the issue], we might as well start the parliamentary reform [debate] in Hsinchu City and invite the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) [legislative candidate] Cheng Cheng-chien (鄭正鈐), the DPP’s Ker, the NPP’s Chiu and [Chiu’s assistant and one of the student leaders of the Sunflower movement protests last year] Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) to participate,” Wang said on Facebook.

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