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Legislators slam free trade ports bill

ABORIGINAL IRE Lawmakers were unhappy that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications wanted to lower the percentage of Aboriginal workers at the ports

By Shelley Shan and Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTERS

Taiwan Aboriginal Society chairman Wang Ming-huei (汪明輝) supported Hsiao’s idea.

“It’s unacceptable to cut the percentage to below the percentage of Aborigines in the population — the reduction from 5 percent to 1 percent is too much,” Wang said.

He also criticized the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) for not trying to stop the plan during a Cabinet meeting.

“The CIP is not speaking for Aborigines,” he said.

Obay a Awi, the Saisiat National Assembly spokesman, said the revision is “something that all Aborigines — not only Saisiat — should oppose.”

CIP Health and Social Welfare Department Director Alang Manglavan said the council would respect whatever decision the Cabinet and legislature made.

“As part of the Cabinet, we respect the Cabinet’s position on the issue. As the amendment has been submitted to the legislature for review, we will fully respect the legislature’s decision on it,” he said.

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