Mon, Oct 07, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Lawmakers demand Lee resign

GREEN CAMP SEES RED TSU and DPP legislators have called on their PFP colleague to step down, saying she hasn't shown remorse for the Twu Shiing-jer scandal

By Lin Mei-chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

TSU and DPP lawmakers yesterday demanded PFP Legislator Diane Lee (李慶安) step down for misusing lawmakers' freedom of speech to wrongfully accuse the acting Department of Health head Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲).

The four-day-long soap opera began with Lee accusing Twu of kissing restaurant proprietor Cheng Ko-jung (鄭可榮) and licking his ear against his will at a KTV parlor on Aug. 6, and then cooled down on Saturday when Lee and Cheng apologized for accusing the wrong person.

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 (廖本煙).

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 (馮滬祥) and Hsieh Chi-ta (謝啟大) accused former first lady Tseng Wen-hui (曾文惠) of trying to flee to New York with a large sum of cash stuffed in suitcases.

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 (劉文雄) said former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) embezzled NT$52 million of funds from the National Security Bureau.

Following the confirmation hearings for the Examination Yuan's president in June, KMT Legislator Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進) alleged that Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文) was elected as a result of DPP bribery.

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.

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