Date: Jun 22, 2016
By Chen Yu-fu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNA
A survey released by the Taiwan Thinktank yesterday showed overwhelming support for the
abolition of the Red Cross Society Act of the Republic of China (中華民國紅十字會法), with 85.9 percent favoring the scrapping of the legislation, against 7.7 percent who disagreed.
The motion to abolish the act was raised by the New Power Party and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in February, saying it gave the group special legal status and exempts it from regulations stipulated in the Civil Associations Act (人民團體法) and the Charity Donations Act (公益勸募條例).
Scrapping the Red Cross Act would facilitate the implementation of “transitional justice,” the two parties have said.
According to the poll, 82 percent of respondents said they are not willing to donate to the society if it does not make its accounting transparent. A breakdown by party affiliation showed that 89.1 percent of DPP respondents and 65.5 percent of their KMT counterparts are not willing to make such donations. [FULL STORY]