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KMT Chairmanship Election: Hsieh hopes for help to fast-track political reform

WORK AS ONE Premier Frank Hsieh said last night that the new KMT leader would hopefully help the government on reform, and not boycott proposals

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday said that he hopes the new Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman would help fast-track pending legislative proposals to get them signed into law as soon as possible.

For the people

"I shall work with the new KMT leader and pass as many proposals that concern the public as possible, so the government can really do more for the people," Hsieh said.

Hsieh made his remarks at a press conference held during a break in a seminar for Executive Yuan employees at the Bank of Taiwan's boot camp in Yangmingshan yesterday afternoon.


He emphasized the importance of a harmonious relationship between the Cabinet and the legislature and said that he was still hoping that lawmakers would help pass pending proposals during the next legislative session, which begins in September.

"Since the KMT is the major opposition party, it is only natural that I would look forward to its new leader urging his fellow KMT members in the legislature to help us on this," Hsieh said.

Theory explained

In addition, Hsieh once again emphasized his "co-existence" theory by explaining it with a piece of diamond-shaped paper.

"Politics is for the majority of the society, like the middle part of the diamond shape. However, it is my job to decrease the distance between the top and the bottom of the diamond shape and change it into a triangle instead," Hsieh said.

The premier took advantage of the health insurance issue and said, "The Bureau of National Health Insurance is broke because our health insurance covers too many items without increasing personal premiums. Can't we do something to solve the problem?"

The premier also said that constant delays in passing pending legislative proposals are "putting off what you can do today until tomorrow."

Reform delayed

"It is only slowing down reform," he said.

"Logically, as opposition parties, our political rivals should keep on pushing us for more reform legislation instead of boycotting our proposals [for reform] and forcing the process to grind to a halt," Hsieh said.

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