By: Justin Su and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 27 (CNA) A legislative meeting to review a draft bill for an infrastructure development plan is to be rescheduled for May 1 after the first reading of the bill was passed at the Legislature on Wednesday without any substantive review and after fierce protests from opposition lawmakers, said the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator who presided over the meeting.
Amid vehement clashes and physical altercations between legislators from the ruling and opposition parties, the draft of the Special Act for Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Projects on Wednesday received its first reading at a joint meeting of six legislative committees presided over by DPP Legislator Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩).
KMT lawmakers attempted to thwart the review by procedurally drawing out the process, but as tempers flared a table was overturned and drinks thrown on the floor in protest, as Chiu asked a legislative official to read the bill article-by-article as she used the DPP’s majority to push it through without discussion. [FULL STORY]