ON THE SPOT:A legislative meeting to review government finances ended up focusing on eight Taiwanese deported to China and the council’s efforts to bring them home
Date: Apr 12, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
A legislative hearing turned stormy yesterday as Mainland Affairs Council
(MAC) Deputy Minister Shih Hui-fen (施惠芬) was grilled over Kenya’s deportation of eight Taiwanese to China and lawmakers criticized the council for its lack of information on the matter.
The Legislative Yuan’s Finance Committee and Internal Administration Committee had jointly convened a morning meeting to examine the central government’s general financial statement for the 2014 fiscal year.
However, after news broke an hour before the scheduled start of the meeting that eight Taiwanese recently acquitted in a telecommunication fraud case in Kenya had been deported to China on Friday, several legislators called up Shih — the highest-ranking council official at the meeting — to answer questions about the incident.
New Power Party Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) asked Shih about the eight’s whereabouts. [FULL STORY]