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Assets committee meet ends in bickering

STAFF WRITER

Legislators from the ruling and opposition camps argue with each other while reviewing the draft of the Political Party Law in the Legislative Yuan's Home and Nations Committee yesterday.

PHOTO: CNA

A legislative committee that met to discuss bills relating to governing the assets of political parties stalled yesterday, ending as pan-blue and pan-green lawmakers began bickering and trading barbs.

The legislature's Home and Nations Committee and Judiciary Com-mittee were aiming to discuss whether the proposed statute governing the handling of improperly acquired political party assets should be combined with the proposed political party law.

The quarrels began when Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Jao Yung-ching (趙永清) suggested turning the two proposed laws into one. He went on to say that all the assets of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) that were stolen from the people should be retrieved.

KMT lawmakers then shouted back that "the DPP is the corrupt party now, not the KMT."

KMT Legislator Huang Teh-fu (黃德福) proposed dismissing the meeting since nobody was discussing the issue.

The DPP's Kao Chien-chih (高建智), chairman of the meeting, announcing a break instead.

"[Huang's] proposal was disrespectful to our fellow lawmakers. At least, we should allow every lawmaker to speak before we dismiss the meeting," Kao said.

KMT Legislator Chu Fong-chi (朱鳳芝), however, criticized Kao's decision.

"As chairman, he was not supposed to ignore a lawmaker's proposal," Chu said. "He was not doing his job."

TSU Legislator David Huang (黃適卓) said the KMT caucus did not really want to face up to its own problems.

"KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that the KMT would handle this problem well. I think he is lying," David Huang said.

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