Tue, Apr 13, 2004 - Page 4 News List

TSU acts on asset promise

CNA , TAIPEI

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday that it had proposed a package of revisions to the Public Functionary Assets Disclosure Law (公職人員財產申報法) that will require the president and other senior officials to put their assets into blind trust.

TSU whip Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) said that before the March 20 election, both President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) had publicly supported the proposal that political appointees be required to put their family assets into trust.

According to the TSU-drafted revision package, the president, vice president, the presidents of the five yuans and other senior political appointees should put their family assets into blind trust. The assets to be put into trust cover those owned by the functionaries as well as those of their spouses and underage children.

Chen Chien-ming said the bill didn't refer to elected representatives, including legislators because elected representatives do not enjoy pension benefits.

He said he hoped the legislature's steering committee could discuss the revision bill today.

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