Wed, Sep 01, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Lin I-Hsiung visits Lien to celebrate passage of reforms


Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) paid a courtesy call on Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) yesterday to congratulate him on the legislature's recent passage of several constitutional revisions.

Lin, who founded a group to oppose the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and sought the downsizing of the Legislative Yuan, said he is glad that the KMT and DPP could work together to pass constitutional revisions that include halving the number of seats in the legislature and changing the electoral system.

For his part, Lien said it was the KMT's responsibility as a major opposition party to see to it that bills on legislative reforms be passed and promulgated.

Lien said he began some 20 years ago to push for a "single seat, two votes" legislative election system, and stressed that the idea is by no means a new one.

Reducing the number of legislative seats was also agreed upon by almost all of the nation's major parties, Lien said.

Lin, a former political prisoner under the KMT who has participated in a number of hunger strikes to champion his ideals, gave Lien a book written by his daughter, Judy Linton (林奐均), the only survivor of an unsolved multiple murder in Lin's residence decades ago that claimed Lin's mother and twin daughters.

The killings came shortly after Lin smuggled a letter out of prison that detailed his mistreatment by his captors after the Kaohsiung Incident.

Linton is now a mother of three and a musician living in the US.

Lien also said that all politicians should do a great deal of soul-searching.

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