Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus whip Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said the party would sue Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝) for negligence today over the renaming of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
The hall was officially renamed the National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall (
Tseng said given that the legislature had not approved the Executive Yuan's request to suspend the law regulating the management of the monument, the name change was illegal.
PHOTO: LIU HSIN-DE, TAIPEI TIMES
The Cabinet had requested the legislature to abolish the Organic Law of the CKS Memorial Hall Management (
According to the regulations, Cabinet administrative orders are sent to the legislature for reference, rather than approval.
The administrative regulations contradict the organic statute, Tseng said, adding that the Law Governing Legislators' Exercise of Power (
The Ministry of Education is the government organization in charge of the hall.
KMT Legislator Hsu Shao-ping (
"The government totally disregarded procedural justice before the legislature had a chance to review the law and the administrative order," she said.
When approached by the press for comment yesterday, Tu refused to respond to opposition lawmakers' demands, saying that everything had been handled legally.
The Taipei City Government Department of Cultural Affairs said yesterday it had officially requested that the CKS Memorial Hall Management Office remove the banners covering the name signs on the hall, citing the Cultural Heritage Protection Law (文化資產保護法).
When asked to comment on Saturday's ceremony, department director Lee Yong-ping (李永萍) told the press that the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall did not exist because legislation approving the name change was incomplete.
Putting up banners to "publicize something that does not exist" may be illegal, she said, adding that the management office may face a fine of between NT$100,000 and NT$500,000 under the Cultural Heritage Protection Law.
She was referring to Saturday's unveiling ceremony, during which two huge banners bearing wild lilies as the symbol of the democracy hall were used to cover two sides of the hall building.
Lee added that the management office also closed entrances to the building, where a gigantic statue of dictator Chiang Kai-shek (
In a bid to prevent the CKS Hall from being altered, in March the Taipei City Government classified the 27-year-old memorial hall and its surrounding walls as a temporary historical site.
The Cultural Heritage Protection Law stipulates that a temporary historical site cannot be altered or damaged in any way.
Lee said the city government had been inadvertently caught up in the controversy surrounding the name change, adding that its handling of matters relating to the hall had been consistent.
Any attempt to remove Chiang's statue from the hall would also be illegal because the committee entrusted by the department to review the cultural value of the hall considers the statue part of the building's structure, she added.
At a separate setting yesterday, President Chen Shui-bian (
"As for the disposal of the statue, we can think about that. I heard that the doors of the hall can be locked up," Chen said.
Chen accuses Chiang and this KMT regime of serious violations of human rights and of oppressing democracy advocates during their five-decade-long strongarm rule of Taiwan -- which ended when Chen was elected president in 2000.
Public Construction Commission Chairman Wu Tze-cheng (
"We will decide whether to demolish the outer walls, remove the statue of Chiang Kai-shek and remove the name board in the main gateway by the end of this year," he said.
Dozens of police guarded the new name plate at the memorial hall yesterday as local and foreign tourists snapped pictures in light rain.
A veteran soldier from China clashed with police after he was caught spitting at the hall's new name plate.
At a forum hosted by the Ketagalan Institute in Taipei yesterday, DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said that changing the name of the hall was a matter of right or wrong and a sign that the country had fully adopted democratization.
"If we want to walk down the road of democracy, we must face pain and accept the changes that come with it," he said.
Additional reporting by Ko Shu-ling and DPA
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