A civic group called on the Ministry of the Interior yesterday to set rules that would force political parties to manage their assets in a more transparent manner.
The National League for Monitoring the Reform of Party Assets made the call for the sake of reforming the nation's party politics so that integrity would not be a mere slogan.
Yang Wei-che (
Before the political parties law can be enacted, the ministry should set clear rules on party assets in accordance with Article 66 of the Civic Organization Law (人民團體法), he said.
Chang Ching-yuan (
"It would be terrifying for political parties to own political power and then use that power to make profit," Chang said.
The Ministry of the Interior should "administer according to the law" and demand that political parties publicize their assets management and financial reports regularly to stop illegal profit making, he said.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Kao Chien-chih (
"The law is applicable to all political parties and is not aimed at any specific party," Kao said.
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which ruled the nation for more than five decades, is accused of illegally obtaining a large number of state assets that other parties say should be returned.