Fri, Dec 22, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

■ Politics
KMT to act on Hsu

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said the party's Keelung branch would act soon on a call by a group of party members to initiate a recall motion against the mayor of Keelung, who has been convicted of corruption. Former KMT member and Keelung Mayor Hsu Tsai-li (許財利) was sentenced to seven years in jail by the Keelung District Court on Sept. 19 for trying to use his position to sell a plot of land to the Keelung City Government's bus department. Ma had already urged Hsu to step down, but a group of KMT legislative aides on Wednesday called on the party to initiate a recall motion against Hsu. "We have been planning this since last week, and the issue is now being handled by the Keelung branch ... We will definitely take action. Let's wait and see," Ma said yesterday while attending a municipal event.

■ Politics

A history of military villages

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) published a book yesterday on the history of military villages created when dependents of military officers and soldiers moved to Taiwan from China after 1949. At the launch for the book, titled Knowing Taiwan's Villages of Military Dependents, party Chairman Yu Shyi-kun proposed the label of "Chinese Taiwanese" (華裔台灣人) as a way to maintain ethnic harmony. Yu said military villages are part of the landscape and exist in the memory of most people living in Taiwan. With the book, the DPP hopes to better acquaint readers with the unique culture of communities founded by armed forces personnel and their families. The party's department of ethnic affairs began work on the book in cooperation with the now-defunct Taiwan Daily two years ago.

■ Courts

DPP figures in hot water

Former Tainan deputy mayor Hsu Yang-ming (許陽明) yesterday accused the Tainan District Prosecutors' Office of not properly subpoenaing him and his wife, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲), after the couple failed to report for questioning on Wednesday. Hsu and DPP Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) are being investigated for embezzling municipal funds. Prosecutors yesterday denied Hsu Yang-ming's accusations. They also alleged that he had colluded with other suspects by coaching Wang Hsiao-fang (王筱芳), a former secretary, and Huang Wen-chung (黃紋崇), a former bodyguard, on how to respond to prosecutors' questions.

■ Telecoms

Green light for tariff cuts

National Communications Commission officials said they had approved a cut in telecommunications tariffs starting next year, although telecom operators argued the regulator shouldn't set tariffs and interfere with market mechanisms, it was reported yesterday. The commission approved rate cuts for the next three years in leased lines, such as broadband Internet and mobile tariffs, Dow Jones reported, citing a statement released by the commission. The commission left fixed-line tariffs unchanged, it added. Under the new plan, leased-line rates will drop by 5.35 percent each year starting 2007 until 2010, while mobile rates will drop by 4.88 percent annually over the same period, the report said. Dow Jones reported that the reduced mobile rates would apply only to the most expensive mobile communications packages and exclude third-generation mobile services, citing the commission's statement.

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