Mon, Dec 27, 2004 - Page 3 News List

DPP presses PFP on party asset bill

COOPERATION The DPP urged the PFP to help push a bill to examine party assets through the Procedure Committee and send it straight to a second reading

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus urged the People First Party (PFP) caucus to help the bill governing the examination of party assets to pass in Procedure Committee tomorrow.

The DPP also pressed the party to allow the bill to skip the committee review process and go straight to a second reading in Friday's sitting.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus, however, said that while it would allow the PFP's version to pass in the Procedure Committee, it would not allow this with the DPP's version.

"We hope the DPP and PFP can work together to allow the arranged bill to be discussed in the sitting on Friday. This would allow the PFP to exercise its party's dignity and walk its own way," DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said.

"If the PFP is sincere about passing the bill as soon as possible, it should allow the bill to go straight for a second reading on Friday," Ker said.

The KMT caucus said it would welcome the PFP's version to be reviewed together with the KMT's draft political party law, but objected to the DPP's bill being passed and reviewed.

"Although the word "improperly" has been removed from the name of the DPP's version, the DPP is still trying to liquidate a certain party, so our caucus will boycott the DPP's version," KMT caucus whip Huang Teh-fu (黃德福) said.

"The PFP's version, meanwhile, shares the same spirit as the KMT's draft political party law, so we will allow the two bills to be reviewed together," Huang said.

At the request of the PFP, the DPP altered the name of its version, which was originally called the Disposition of Assets Improperly Obtained by Political Parties Law, removing the word "improperly."

The PFP caucus said it would not decide on anything until the caucus whips meet today.

"The PFP caucus has come up with the Statute Governing the Establishment of the Party Assets Investigation Committee (政黨財產調查委員會設置條例), and we will confirm the details in the caucus whips meeting tomorrow. If there's no further problem, we will put the bill forward," PFP caucus whip Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄) said.

Liu said that the meeting would further confirm whether the PFP would have its bill reviewed together with the KMT's or the DPP's version.

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