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KMT legislators condemn `patriotism' amendment

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

A group of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday condemned the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for proposing an amendment that would test the patriotism of government officials every four years.

"The government seems to regard all people as its enemy, which is a serious infringement of human rights. This is like a revival of Article 100 of the Criminal Law (刑法一百條)," KMT Legislative caucus whip Tsai Chin-lung (蔡錦隆) told a press conference.

Tsai said that under the proposed amendment, government officials who serve in government institutions above county or city government level and their relatives within the third degree of kinship would be investigated.

"In the past, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) staged demonstrations -- often violent and bloody -- to repeal Article 100 of the Criminal Law. But this amendment sponsored by the DPP government is much more intolerable than Article 100 of the Criminal Law," Tsai said.

KMT Legislator Hsu Shao-ping (徐少萍) suggested that the timing of the government's planned investigations of officials -- once every four years -- was devised to coincide with presidential elections.

In response, DPP lawmakers held a press conference later yesterday and said that the KMT had misunderstood the proposed amendment.

"It's inappropriate to liken this amendment to Article 100 of the Criminal Law. The new bill only applies to officials, not the public," DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-chin (葉宜津) said.

Article 100 of the Criminal Law, abolished on Oct. 10, 1991, was used as a basis to persecute "dissidents" during the Martial Law era.

"Article 100 was used to control the way people thought, while this amendment is intended to ensure that public officials do nothing to harm the nation's interests," she said.

Yeh added that whether or not relatives of officials would be open to investigation would be deliberated in the legislature.

She said that the timing of the planned investigations had nothing to do with elections.

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