Lawmakers take aim at ‘ineffective’ lobby rules

NUMEROUS AMENDMENTS: Low fines and a lack of effort on the part of the government to enforce the law leaves lobbying unregulated, KMT legislators said

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 04, 2020
By: Huang Hsin-po and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The entrance to the Control Yuan in Taipei is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo: Hsieh Chun-lin, Taipei Times

A number of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) lawmakers said that they are planning to draft amendments to the Lobbying Act (遊說法), to prevent incidents similar to recent bribery allegations involving multiple legislators across different political parties.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Sufin Siluko (廖國棟) and Chen Chao-ming (陳超明), independent Legislator Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Chen-ching (蘇震清) and former legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) of the New Power Party (NPP) were on Sept. 21 charged with breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例) in a bribery case linked to former Pacific Distribution Investment Co chairman Lee Heng-lun’s (李恆隆) 2013 legal battle with Far Eastern Group for control over the Pacific Sogo Department Store chain.

Ministry of the Interior statistics showed that since the Lobbying Act’s promulgation 12 years ago, government agencies at all levels have only registered 427 applications, of which 403 have been approved and 24 repealed.

No fines based on the act have ever been issued, the statistics showed.   [FULL  STORY]

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