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Stimulus just more land grabbing

By Hsu Shih-jung 徐世榮

This most recent reprimand by the Control Yuan only concerns regular land expropriation and does not include zone expropriation development projects.

If the various zone expropriation development projects, such as those going on in Miaoli County’s Dapu Borough (大浦), the Puyu (璞玉) development program in Hsinchu County’s Jhubei Township (竹北), the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT project, the project in Danhai New Town (淡海新市鎮) in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Tamsui District (淡水) and the Taoyuan Aerotropolis (桃園航空城) project were included, the number of cases involved would be even larger.

Economic stimulus plans proposed by the government should at least adhere to two major principles. First, they should not sacrifice public benefits and welfare. Second, they should strictly follow due process.

The government’s current actions are not in line with these principles. It carelessly uses its coercive power, deprives disadvantaged groups of their rights and welfare, and uses unjust administrative procedures to create a bunch of fake GDP growth data.

These actions have only assisted big corporations and speculators in driving up real-estate prices and contributed to the problem of social inequality.

Economic stimulus plans like these are frightening and the public would be better off without them.

Hsu Shih-jung is a professor in the Department of Land Economics at National Chengchi University.

Translated by Drew Cameron

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