In the morning session, DPP lawmakers demanded officials from the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Communications Commission (NCC) closely monitor the deal over concerns about restricting freedom of speech and compromising national security due to Chinese influence.
In particular, the resolutions asked the FSC to look for connections between Tsai and his investments in China, for the FTC to monitor the post-deal media concentration map due to Tsai’s ownership of several media outlets and for the NCC to strictly review if Tsai is qualified to be a media owner given his reputation of editorial interference.
Under the supervision of KMT caucus director-general Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), the KMT blocked the DPP’s resolutions. The DPP later changed the proposals into non-binding recommendations, but the KMT still blocked them.
Ker condemned the KMT’s bias toward large corporations and said the ruling party “was risking inciting an all-out war with the opposition,” adding that the DPP would “fight the KMT until the very end” in the upcoming screening of government budgets.
In addition to the deal potentially damaging press freedom and media development, the risk of increasing China’s influence on Taiwanese media is an even more serious concern, DPP Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) said, referring to recent remarks made by Wong.
The Formosa Plastics chairman was quoted as saying in an interview on Nov. 10 that Beijing “would be pleased” with FPG’s investment in the media business.
“I wonder who the KMT is trying to please — the business tycoons or the Chinese Communist Party?” DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) said.
The KMT set an unprecedented example in the committee by overturning a resolution reached in a Transportation Committee meeting last week that asked the NCC to review the deal after the third reading of a proposed anti-media monopoly act, Huang said.