Non-Partisan Solidarity Union Legislator May Chin (高金素梅) yesterday brushed off a newspaper report that she had not attended a legislative committee meeting from March 16 to March 27.
“I was elected as a legislator because I am trusted by Aborigines. I will attend plenary sessions as long as the legislature is scheduled to discuss proposals concerning Aborigines,” Chin said when approached for comment.
“I don’t care about other people’s criticism; I only care about the people who voted for me and about how I am evaluated by Aboriginal people,” said Chin, an Atayal.
The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported yesterday that she had the worst attendance record among the nation’s 113 lawmakers from March 16 to March 27, having missed all five sessions of the Education and Culture Committee, of which she is a member.
Although the Education and Culture Committee took an inspection trip to Kaohsiung yesterday, reporters spotted Chin at the Internal Administration Committee’s meeting yesterday morning.
She said she wanted to observe the Internal Administration Committee meeting because the committee was scheduled to discuss topics of interest to Aborigines, “but I did not plan to voice my opinions [during the meeting].”
The Liberty Times reported that nine legislators failed to attend some of the committee sessions in which they had been supposed to participate from March 16 to March 27.
Those named in the report include Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislators Hsieh Kuo-liang (謝國樑), who attended three out of six sessions of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee, as well as KMT legislators Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁) and Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞), who attended 80 percent of the meetings they should have.
Four Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators — DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲), Chen Ying (陳瑩) and Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) — also failed to attend all the legislative sessions of the committees they are members of, the report said.