POWER PLAY?KMT deputy caucus whip Lin Te-fu said that the proposal would give powers which would normally be reserved for courts and prosecutors to a committee
Date: May 27, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Legislators clashed over the wording of draft legislation targeting illicit party assets yesterday, as
the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee began its line-by-line review of the proposal.
The joint review session with the Finance Committee and the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statues Committee failed to reach a consensus on any of the draft act’s articles, with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators objecting to wording proposed by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and New Power Party (NPP) lawmakers on grounds that it would contravene legal precedent and unfairly target their party.
“Any law passed should be universally applicable, rather than just targeted at one party,” KMT Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) said, adding that many parties had “disappeared” from the legislation’s scope because of language applying it only to parties established before the end of the Martial Law era.
“Should you pass a law that can be used for all parties well into the future — or are we just chasing after the assets of one particular party in one short space of time,” she said, while questioning provisions that would retroactively apply on asset acquisitions. [FULL STORY]