KMT lawmaker startled by Lai’s ‘meek’ telephone call

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 07, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus secretary-general Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) yesterday said he was startled by Tainan Mayor William Lai’s (賴清德) “meek” tone when the premier-designate telephoned him.

Lai telephoned opposition lawmakers, apparently to express his hope that they could tone down the conflict between the Legislative Yuan and the Executive Yuan, thereby allowing policies formulated by his Cabinet to more smoothly pass legislative reviews.

Lin said that he was initially startled by how “meek” Lai sounded on the telephone.

“There are many affairs requiring your help,” Lin quoted Lai as saying, adding that the premier-designate also telephoned other KMT lawmakers.

Asked if Lai was “taking a soft stance,” Lin said: “It would appear so,” but added that it was only normal that Lai chose to interact with lawmakers that way, as he would not want the Cabinet “going to war” with the legislature over major bills.

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