By Lin Yu-hsuan, Wang Yu-yang,
Wang Cheng-chung, Yeh Su-ping and Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's three opposition parties on Thursday expressed regret over the approval a slew of administrative directives made by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-controlled legislature earlier in the day, backing the government's decision to allow imports of pork containing the controversial feed additive ractopamine.
The main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and two smaller parties — New Power Party (NPP) and Taiwan People's Party (TPP) — reiterated their opposition to the new policy, which is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 and is widely viewed as an effort to satisfy United States prerequisites for a bilateral trade deal.
In a press event, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) apologized over the party's inability to prevent the DPP from forcing through the nine directives with its 61 seat majority in the 113-seat Legislature.
"The forced passage of these directives shows the DPP's blatant disregard for the opinion of the majority of Taiwanese who oppose the new policy," Chiang said. [FULL STORY]