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Dec. 1 elections: Hsieh urges lawmakers to support stipend for elderly

By Joyce Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

DPP Chairman Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) urged lawmakers across party lines yesterday to support the government's plan to give a monthly stipend to the elderly when the legislature meets after the elections.

"Inter-party negotiations should be conducted in the legislature soon to put the plan into effect before January next year," Hsieh said yesterday in Kaohsiung.

The DPP chairman said the plan has always been high on the party's election agenda.

Hsieh said that the opposition KMT, People First Party and New Party have each submitted versions of bills relating to the plan's implementation.

But the legislature failed to pass the plan last year due to KMT Chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) boycott and accusation that the stipend was a way for the DPP to bribe voters, Hsieh said.

He argued that the plan has been misunderstood and distorted.

According to Hsieh, of Taiwan's elderly population of around 2 million people, 400,000 are not entitled to any subsidies and are economically disadvantaged.

In addition, Hsieh, who is also Kaohsiung mayor, said yesterday he plans to announce within 10 days of the end of his interpellation at the city council a list of legislators from the city who have boycotted the city government's budget and construction projects.

Hsieh said that he has to put the city's interests ahead of those of his party and let all Kaohsiung citizens know which legislators have been working hard to improve the city, hoping that the legislative candidates who really care about the city's development will get elected.

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