The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) legislative caucus yesterday called on China Steel Corp chairman Lin Wen-yuan (
China Steel has a 30 percent stake in the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC), which is building the city's subway system.
TSU Legislator Lo Chih-ming (
The central government is contributing NT$150 billion, or about 83 percent of the total amount, to the NT$181.3 billion build-operate-transfer (BOT) project. The Kaohsiung city and county governments are putting up NT$40 billion and KRTC has contributed NT$30.49 billion.
Despite such a modest investment, Lo said, KRTC not only gets to subcontract out the project, it has the right to run the system for the first 30 years.
"We'd like to see Lin offer an explanation of why KRTC deputy director Chen Min-hsien (陳敏賢) has such power over company operations, which led to the riot by Thai workers," Lo said.
He said Lin also owes the public an explanation for why KRTC chairman Chen Chen-rong (
Meanwhile, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus has asked Presidential Advisor Chen Che-nan (
"He said that he would withdraw from the political arena if he was found to have been to Thailand," KMT caucus whip Pan Wei-kang (
Independent Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) said he had information that Chen Che-nan visited Thailand three times in the company of foreign labor brokers. But Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip William Lai (賴清德) said Chiu should either back up his allegations with actual evidence or stop spreading rumors.