Cautioning fellow party members against taking irrational measures, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged his party caucus to expedite negotiations with the pan-green camp over a cross-strait transport links bill before the proposed legislation is tabled for legislative review a third time tomorrow.
The pan-green camp has twice blocked the pan-blues' proposed amendments to the Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (
Facing possible resistance from the pan-green camp tomorrow, the KMT central standing committee yesterday discussed possible solutions, with some party members suggesting public protests to get the bill passed in the legislature.
"To get the bill passed, I'd support mobilizing people to block the Legislative Yuan. It's not a time to talk about politeness when dealing with a barbaric government," KMT Legislator Yao Chiang-lin (
Ma rejected Yao's proposal.
"It's not that we are weak, because we wouldn't lose a fist fight in the legislature. But people may ask, `What can you do except for fighting and making promises?' The KMT doesn't want to give people the wrong impression," Ma said.
Ma said that the party should respect the rights of the executive branch to carry out the law, and promised that the party would give the government time to make any necessary modifications to the amendment before it is implemented.
"But we need to push for the passage of the amendment so that it can be put into practice," he said.
"If we don't do that, we'll have to wait at least two years before pushing for direct links, once the KMT regains power," Ma added.
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Meanwhile, the committee also decided to close the Central Daily News, a KMT-owned Chinese-language newspaper established in 1951.
According to KMT Spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen (
The newspaper will cease operations at the end of this month. Cheng said that the party would be happy to see the newspaper resume operations if a buyer could be found.