Less than a week after the arrogance of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators was exposed for all to see as they put partisanship and self-interest above the well-being of the nation by blocking sunshine bills and busting a deal with the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union, the public on Wednesday was again offered a shocking example of how a political party's comfortable control of a two-thirds majority in the Legislative Yuan is slowly boosting the self-importance of its lawmakers.
Accusing the state-run First Commercial Bank of waiving the lease on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (
The lawmakers ignored a security guard's query and went straight to the campaign office on the 13th floor, sparking verbal and physical clashes with DPP supporters.
Although police were called in to maintain order and did remove the lawmakers for trespassing on private property, they nevertheless did not apprehend them according to Article 306 of the Criminal Code (
In contrast, DPP supporters, who were trying to prevent the lawmakers from fleeing the "crime scene," were manhandled by the police.
Granted, lawmakers have a right to conduct inspections in accordance with the Law Governing Legislators' Exercise of Power (
The presidential election is less than 10 days away. What were these four lawmakers thinking? With feelings running high in both camps, even a fool should know better than to step on opposition territory with such aggression.
Aware of the potential damage from the incident, KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (
Meanwhile, on the day of the incident, there were allegations in a magazine that KMT Legislator Diane Lee (
Lawmakers are elected to work for the common good of the people. It seems that certain lawmakers more often than not are troublemakers themselves, however, and have a hard time abiding by the laws they themselves brought into being.
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On Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a news conference via video link to announce a major strategic defense partnership, dubbed “AUKUS.” In an indication of the sensitivity and strategic weight attached to the pact, discussions were kept under wraps, with the announcement taking even seasoned military analysts by surprise. AUKUS represents a significant escalation of the transatlantic strategic tilt to the Indo-Pacific and should bring wider security benefits to the region, including Taiwan. At the forefront of the trilateral partnership is a bold plan to transfer highly sensitive US and
Another year, and another UN General Assembly is convening without Taiwan. Today marks the opening of the assembly’s 76th session at the UN headquarters in New York City, with the option to attend remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which once again promises to be its main focus under the theme “Building resilience through hope.” As they do every year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and overseas compatriot groups are organizing campaigns to call for Taiwan’s participation in the global body. However, unlike previous years, Taiwan seems to be riding a higher wave of support than usual. The pandemic has exposed countless shortcomings
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