The DPP attacked a KMT proposal to dismiss the controversial newly elected speaker of the Kaohsiung city council as an empty gesture designed to avert public blame, because the suggestion can't be carried out in accordance with the law. \n"The decision made by the KMT is an attempt to disassociate themselves from the scandalous event. [The proposal] came too late. It is like telling a joke to society," a DPP press release stated. \nUnder the Law on Local Government Systems (地方制度法) and the organizational regulations of the Kaohsiung city council, speakers or vice speakers-elect can't be ousted in their first year in office. \nDPP Deputy Secretary-General Michael You (游盈隆) said the KMT's proposal was meaningless for the time being, but his party would endorse the initiative if the KMT re-introduces it next year. \nThe ruling party lashed out at the scheme presented by KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) to recall independent lawmaker Chu An-hsiung (朱安雄), who is being prosecuted over allegations of bribery and tax evasion, one day after he was elected as the speaker of the Kaohsiung city council because of support from KMT and PFP city councilors. \nThe DPP demonstrated its resolve to fight against "black gold" by forbidding its city councilors to vote for Chu. \nThe results of Wednesday's election were that Chu and another controversial independent lawmaker Tsai Song-hsiung (蔡松雄) were elected as speaker and vice speaker, with each obtaining 25 votes in separate votes by the 44-member council. \nAll of 14 the DPP city councilors voted for Kao Tzeng-ying (高宗英), a candidate nominated by the party several hours before the vote. DPP Secretary General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) stated that the election would make it clear who has voted "yes" to "black gold politics." \n"People can now see clearly. The public can judge how the KMT and PFP have permitted their members to succumb to black gold for their own political interests," Chang said in a letter to the DPP city councilors of Kaohsiung.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
NEW CASE REPORTED: A man who returned from South Africa on a flight with the nation’s 460th and 461st cases has now tested positive for the disease The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that there is no need to test all arrivals to the nation for COVID-19, a policy the Executive Yuan supports. The center reported one new imported case, bringing the nation’s tally of confirmed cases to 477. The new case is a Taiwanese man in his 60s who on July 25 returned from South Africa, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is also the CECC’s spokesman. The man had returned to Taiwan on the same flight as cases Nos. 460 and 461, reported on July 27, Chuang said. On July 24,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan