SOURCES QUESTIONED:How could a party that relies solely on contributions, dues and subsidies accumulate NT$20 billion in assets, DPP Legislator Wellington Koo asked
Date: Jun 10, 2016
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and Abraham Gerber / Staff reporters
The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) claim of being unfairly targeted by draft legislation on “illicit
party assets” drew criticism from pan-green lawmakers, as tensions flared following the passage of the bill to cross-caucus negotiations on Wednesday.
“‘Starting an uprising’ should be about justice and the public, but the KMT is prepared to do that to protect its unjustly acquired assets,” New Power Party (NPP) Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said on Wednesday, referring to KMT Administration and Management Committee deputy director Lee Fu-chuan’s (李福軒) remark that the KMT is prepared to “lead an uprising” if the draft bill leaves the party “naked and shoeless.”
The draft bill would create a commission under the Executive Yuan to investigate the assets of all parties established before the end of the Martial Law era, deeming “illicit” any asset that the parties cannot prove was acquired using party dues and subsidies, donations or other legal sources of revenue.
“It is strange that one of the KMT’s slogans is ‘today party assets, tomorrow family assets,’ because there is no connection between the two. Is the KMT suggesting that some of the party assets had been transferred to some people’s families?” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Wellington Koo (顧立雄) asked, brushing off the KMT’s claim that it had already cleared its balance sheet of “illicit assets.” [FULL STORY]