Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday condemned a government-sponsored amendment to the Oath Act (
"They deleted the articles because the government felt guilty about a spate of [alleged] corruption involving the first family and government officials," KMT Legislator Tsai Chin-lung (
Tsai said the proposed amendment would eliminate an article stipulating that government officials, when assuming the posts, should take an oath not to take bribes, not to interfere with the judiciary, not to seek personal profits, not to waste public money and not to misuse their staff.
"I do not see the need to remove these articles," Tsai said. "Are the stipulations outlining rules for government officials bad for the country?"
KMT Legislator Hsu Shao-ping (
"The articles are the main spirit of the act ... The act would seem meaningless without the articles," Hsu said.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung (
Hsu Kuo-yung said KMT officials such as Keelung Mayor Hsu Tsai-li (
Hsu Tsai-li was sentenced to seven years in prison in September after being charged in connection with a land purchase case.
Her was sentenced to 19 years on charges of breach of trust and corruption.
Hsinchu prosecutors are seeking a 10-year sentence for Cheng, who was indicted in August for accepting bribes from construction companies.
Additional reporting by Flora Wang