The Executive Yuan yesterday agreed to abolish the National Stabilization Law (
The move requires the approval of the legislature.
Addressing a press conference held after the weekly closed-door Cabinet meeting, Cabinet Spokesman Lin Chia-lung (
"It's no longer necessary because it was enacted 61 years ago when the Nationalist forces were at war with their Communist counterparts," Lin said. "Because of the implementation of the law, people's individual rights and obligations have long been hampered and violated."
The law became useless in May 1991 when the KMT government announced the end of the Period of Communist Rebellion (
To provide a legal basis for the preparation and implementation of national mobilization, the legislature passed the National Defense and Mobilization Act (
To prevent legislative redundancy, the Ministry of National Defense had asked the Cabinet to abrogate the National Stabilization Law.
Under the law, the government has the power to requisition any national resources and manpower it requires to strengthen the nation's defenses to fight Communist troops.
National resources covered by the law include military equipment, food, clothing, medical supplies, electricity and fuel, communication devices, transportation systems, and construction resources. Under the law, the government can also manipulate the trading prices and quantities of the designated resources and daily items.
The government can also restrain people's freedom of speech, publication, and gatherings.
To compensate people for any losses resulting from the requisitions, a committee was set up to review such cases.