Sun, Dec 26, 2004 - Page 3 News List

PFP joins the DPP on ill-gotten party assets bandwagon

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The hope for the Procedure Committee to pass a bill next week to deal with the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) stolen assets is growing strong, as the People First Party (PFP) caucus has come up with its own version of the bill, and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is urging the PFP to help pass both versions.

The PFP's version, named "The Statute Governing the Establishment of the Party Assets Investigation Committee (政黨財產調查委員會設置條例)," stipulates that the committee should be established within the Control Yuan to investigate the assets of and donations received by political parties.

It further stipulates that if the committee finds the assets or donations to be obtained at suspect prices or from illegal channels, the committee can appeal to the administrative court to render a verdict on the case.

"The KMT has been long criticized for its stolen assets, but we also have to regulate all parties and subsidiary foundations to level the playing field," PFP caucus whip Legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄) said.

Liu also said that the PFP caucus hoped to pass a political party law that would regulate the behavior of political parties this session, and he urged the KMT to help pass the bills to show its determination for reform.

DPP caucus whip Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), meanwhile, asked the PFP to help pass the party assets bill in the Procedure Committee next week.

The DPP has modified its version, originally named the Disposition of Assets Improperly Obtained by Political Parties Law (政黨不當取得財產處理條例), after the PFP made the request two weeks ago, and the word "improperly" was removed.

The DPP's new version is called the "Statute Governing the Examination and Handling of the Assets Obtained by Political Parties and Their Subsidiary Agencies," and the articles were revised accordingly.

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