The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday proposed a draft statute to dun what they claimed was needed compensation from the government for the losses incurred when the government pulled the plug on plans for a Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in 2000.
"Mistaken policy is worse than corruption," said KMT whip Tseng Yung-chuan (
The KMT caucus expressed hope of pushing the draft through today's Procedure Committee in time to make it for review during Friday's legislative session.
While the move was seen by some as aimed to counter the Democratic Progressive Party government's pursuing the issue of KMT party assets, KMT caucus whip Huang Teh-fu (
According to the proposed draft, the premier, the minister of economic affairs, the director of the Council for Economic Planning and Development and other relevant decision-making officials need to shoulder responsibility for the compensation.
At the press conference yesterday, KMT Legislator Wang Chung-yu (
The KMT caucus' move yesterday echoed the call on Sunday by a group of academics that called itself the People's Alliance for Recovering Stolen National Wealth.
The group spoke out in protest of what they described as wrongheaded government policies.
They claimed that the government is becoming the country's largest "capitalist" by embezzling official properties and funds.
While the group, which includes members such as poet and social activist Chan Che (
The group had announced that its initial efforts will be on researching 10 cases of mishan-dled government spending.
Aside from the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, the KMT caucus yesterday said that it will subsequently launch similar campaigns to claim compensation from the government for costs associated with the Taichung International Airport, the Hualien Airport and costs associated with the March referendum.