With the tide of public opinion turning against the performance of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has won the public’s support for its initiative to topple Premier Sean Chen (陳冲), Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien said yesterday.
The no-confidence proposal against Chen was “in line with public opinion,” Wang said.
“Whether it passes or not in the legislature is another matter,” Wang said.
Two days ahead of the vote scheduled for tomorrow, Wang contacted the press to express his opinion on the issue — although he said he was speaking in his capacity as “an ordinary individual.”
The DPP has a good grasp of public opinion, Wang said.
“By tabling the no-confidence motion, the DPP has helped the public vent its indignation and grievance against the government’s performance,” he said.
Public opinion is on its side, Wang said, adding that even pan-blue supporters resent the government for failing to meet their expectations.
The government is desperately in need of overhauling its bureaucracy, Wang said.
“If not, I don’t think any new premier would make it any better,” he said.
Wang cited as an example the Ministry of the Interior’s insistence that a care center for vegetative patients has to meet its regulations on patients-to-lavatories ratios to qualify as a licensed institution.
Despite repeated appeals against applying the “absurd” rules to bed-bound vegetative patients, the ministry has refused to revise the rules and only conceded to use a less stringent definition — that is, two toilet bowls in the same toilet could be counted as two lavatories, he said.
“If we can’t break the bureaucratic mindset among low to middle-ranking officials, Cabinet ministers would not be able to run their agencies well no matter how hard they work,” Wang said.