UNPOPULAR:The government should not skip explaining its policies just because of the disparity between the number of seats held by the DPP and KMT, Wu Den-yih said
Date: Jul 26, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman-elect Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday
questioned how plans to build light rail lines as part of the Cabinet’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program would benefit the nation, while urging President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration to convince the public of its policies rather than forcing them through the legislature.
Wu made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with KMT lawmakers in Taipei to discuss strategies to streamline efforts between the caucus and KMT think tank the National Policy Foundation in the hope of bolstering the caucus’ operations.
The Tsai administration should not skip the explanations for its policies just because of the disparity between the number of legislative seats held by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the KMT, Wu said.
The DPP has 68 legislative seats, while the KMT has 34.
“The policies pushed by the Tsai administration have drawn mounting public criticism, yet the DPP still forces them through,” Wu said. “If [the KMT] can make good sense [of why it opposes Tsai’s policies], the public would have a perfect understanding of our reasoning. We might be defeated in votes [at the legislature], but we would win public support.” [FULL STORY]