Sat, Nov 13, 2004 - Page 3 News List

DPP unveils its 10-point platform for the country

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) once again appealed to the public yesterday to help the pan-green camp win a majority in next month's legislative elections so it can proceed with revealing its ten legislative election campaign directives.

At a press conference held at its headquarters yesterday, DPP officials said the directives were "a blueprint for peace and happiness."

Some of the DPP's 10 directives include: preventing the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) from continuing the sale of the its ill-gotten assets; stamping out the influence of "black gold" politics and other forms of corruption; and preventing the so-called "money-hole" bills proposed by the KMT (which would set aside a portion of the budget for politically motivated of "frivolous" ends) from being passed.

Also, should the pan-green camp win a majority, compulsory military service would be cut by half and the mobilization of the national security mechanism would be streamlined.

Another facet of the 10 directives include cutting number government officials by half and the rules against corporate fraud would be tightened.

The legislature would work with other branches of the government to build a stronger social security network to lessen the financial burden on lower income earners in Taiwan.

"The power transfer from the old regime to a democratic one has gone into its fifth year, but the transfer is still not complete mainly because the pan-green camp is yet to occupy majority seats in the legislature," said DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄).

"The DPP will appeal to the public to help it enjoy a complete administrative power. If this come into being, the nation will enjoy a complete power transfer by allowing the pan-green camp to occupy a majority of the seats in the legislature," Chang said.

"The DPP can be held responsible for its administration." he added.

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