’WASTE OF TIME’:DPP and NPP legislators say that there is already consensus on directly abolishing the Red Cross Society Act, so a committee review is unnecessary
Date: Jun 17, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Pan-green lawmakers yesterday extended their boycott of a Social Welfare and Environmental
Hygiene Committee meeting about the future of the Red Cross Society Act (紅十字會法), which was called by the committee’s Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) coconvener.
Signs condemning the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and New Power Party (NPP), and calling for a committee meeting lined desks in front of the committee meeting, attended only by KMT coconvener Alicia Wang (王育敏).
“The bills cover both sides of the issue — including abolishing rather than revising the law. Every legislator has a responsibility to participate in the review of legislation,” she said. “Boycotting a committee does not display a democratic spirit.”
She played Waiting for You to Return, a song from 1940s, before exiting, leaving the committee room to government officials, who took advantage of the committee members’ absence to read papers and play with their mobile phones. [FULL STORY]