Fri, Mar 13, 2009 - Page 1 News List

Lawmakers pan MAC for keeping mum over ECFA

CRITICISM In addition to calls for the MAC to make the agreement with China more transparent, a KMT legislator said changes to the name were confusing

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The committee then turned the meeting into a closed-door session, with none of the committee members voicing opposition to Chiu’s request.

Chiu said earlier that Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) had told the legislature that it would be to the country’s disadvantage if he revealed the contents of the draft ECFA.

Meanwhile, DPP Legislator Yu Tian (余天) proposed abolishing the SEF and allowing the Mainland Affairs Council to engage directly in cross-strait negotiations.

Regarding a demand from the DPP that National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Su Chi (蘇起) report to the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee, KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), who chaired yesterday’s meeting, said that since Su’s duties were supervised by the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, he had no power to ask Su to report to the administration committee unless the two bodies held a joint hearing.

Wu said that when the DPP was in power, SEF chiefs never reported to the Internal Administration Committee.

At a separate setting yesterday, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) accused the government of being insincere about listening to public opinion on signing an ECFA.

“[President] Ma Ying-jeou said earlier that signing an ECFA was a ‘set policy,’ and Vice Premier Paul Chiu [邱正雄] repeated it again [on Wednesday],” Huang Kun-huei said.

“Yet they say they want to listen to what the public thinks about the issue. How are we supposed to believe them?” Huang asked.

The MOEA’s decision to postpone today’s forum on the ECFA in the face of plans by the TSU to protest the pact “further proves they’re lying about wanting to listen to public opinion,” he said.

“In fact, it’s not the TSU that will protest the pact, it’s representatives from traditional industries — which will be most deeply impacted by an ECFA — who will protest, since the MOEA only invited large corporations that will benefit from an ECFA to attend the meeting,” he said. “Traditional industries were first to be excluded from the meeting, and then barred from expressing their voices outside — what kind of government is this?”

Huang Kun-huei said it took Taiwan about 10 years of research into the impact of accession and talks with other countries before it joined the WTO.

“Ma cannot rush to sign an ECFA with China, otherwise we will pay a high price for it,” he said.


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