The newly promulgated Referen-dum Law (公民投票法) should be amended so that the president would have to issue an emergency decree before invoking his power to call a referendum, independent lawmaker Su Yin-kuei (蘇盈貴) said yesterday. \nIn an attempt to end the dispute between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the two major opposition parties -- the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the People First Party -- Su said he is seeking sponsors for a motion in the legislature to make the issuance of an emergency decree by the president a precondition for allowing him to initiate a referendum. At present, the Referendum Law empowers the president to call a referendum "when the country is faced with an emergency which threatens its sovereignty." \nNoting that the president's power to call a referendum was created in step with his constitutional power to issue an emergency decree, Su said it is only natural that the president should have to issue an emergency decree before calling for a referendum. \nUnder the Constitution, an emer-gency decree must be issued by the president during legislative recess in accordance with a Cabinet resolution to cope with emergencies that must be presented to the legislature for confirmation within a month. \nAs the declaration of an emergency decree might disrupt the March 20 presidential election, the legislator said, the president should carefully calculate the possible political consequences of his actions.
Taiwan might be China’s next target after it has “walled off” Hong Kong from the rest of the world with its new national security legislation, Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology fellow Wu Jieh-min (吳介民) said on Thursday. At a seminar organized by the Economic Democracy Union, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Hong Kong Outlanders and the Judicial Reform Foundation, Wu said that the legislation is simultaneously a fig leaf concealing Beijing’s autocratic rule in Hong Kong and a figurative “Berlin Wall,” denying democratic countries access to Hong Kong. Wu said it is evident that Taiwan would be China’s next target. The
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung
SAFETY CONCERNS: A construction company working nearby admitted to negligence in the incident, and is to pay a fine and other expenses related to damages Residents of homes adjacent to an alleyway in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和) on Saturday were forced to evacuate their homes after the road collapsed, the New Taipei City government said yesterday. An 80m by 4m area in an alleyway on Wenhua Road (文化路) collapsed at 10:39am near an apartment building construction site where work was being done on the project’s foundation. The incident also ruptured an underground gas pipe and tilted several buildings in the area. Residents would not be able to return to their homes until tomorrow or Wednesday, when repairs are expected to be finished, the city government said. Workers