Date: Mar 06, 2016
By: Chang Hsiao-ti and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
A proposed bill to address the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) allegedly illegal party
assets is in fact a special draft act intended to address injustices committed in an era of autocratic rule, academics said in response to the KMT’s claim that the legislation was “specifically targeting” the party.
The draft legislation on oversight and management of political party assets, along with the KMT’s version, passed the legislature’s first reading and was referred to a legislative committee last week.
New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) held a public hearing, in which academics and experts debated the bill.
Chinese Culture University Department of Law director Hsu Hui-feng (許惠峰) said Article 4, Clause 5 of the KMT version — which stipulates that stock of all party-owned or businesses in which a party has invested, as well as funds received from sales of formerly owned businesses, should be considered “legal funding” — was a farce.
If the KMT version were to be accepted, it would be a “non-transitional justice” law, as it would leave nothing for the nation to demand as compensation, Hsu said, adding that the KMT’s attempt to blatantly deceive the public should be condemned. [FULL STORY]