TSU and DPP lawmakers yesterday demanded PFP Legislator Diane Lee (
The four-day-long soap opera began with Lee accusing Twu of kissing restaurant proprietor Cheng Ko-jung (
But TSU lawmakers say they consider Lee's apology to be insufficient punishment and urged her to resign.
"Although Lee made the apology, she is not remorseful for what she has done," said TSU Legislator Liao Pen-yen (
He pointed out that the job of lawmakers is to monitor, not to vilify, officials.
"Lee collaborated with the media to hand down the verdict before a trial was held. Her modus operandi has not been halted," Liao said.
Liao said lawmakers such as Lee have provoked commotion in society because they have often launched groundless accusations in order to raise their own level of exposure in the media.
In March 2000, after the KMT lost the presidential election, former New Party lawmakers Elmer Fung (
In September 2000, PFP Legislator Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠) accused President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) of having received US$5 million in financial aid from China during his presidential campaign.
On April 2 this year, PFP Legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (
Following the confirmation hearings for the Examination Yuan's president in June, KMT Legislator Lee Chia-chin (
Liao said none of these allegations have proven to be true and that the purpose of these pan-blue lawmakers obviously was to attack the government.
DPP Legislator Peter Lin (林進興) suggested that the legislature's
Discipline Committee chastise Lee in the event that she does not resign.
Sharing the view of other pan-green camp legislators, Lin said Lee's apology was not sufficient to return justice to Twu, whose reputation he says was greatly smudged by Lee and Cheng's allegations.
"The Discipline Committee must mete out some sort of penalty," Lin said.
According to the Legislative Yuan's regulations, the Discipline Committee can request that a lawmaker committing an improper act offer an apology and/or face a three-to-six-month suspension, depending on the gravity of their wrongdoing.