Sat, May 26, 2012 - Page 3 News List

KMT blocks nuclear, US beef proposals

BAD DREAM:A proposal to form a committee to call for documents related to the centennial celebration ‘Dreamers’ musical was also rejected by KMT lawmakers

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers hold up signs during a protest in the legislature in Taipei yesterday in an attempt to change the legislative agenda on nuclear power plant safety, US beef imports and an alleged corruption scandal.

Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday blocked a series of proposals submitted by the opposition, that sought to discuss nuclear power plant safety, US beef imports and an alleged corruption scandal.

KMT lawmakers again voted down a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-drafted proposal calling for a suspension of operations at the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in Wanli District (萬里), New Taipei City (新北市) following a recent incident in which seven anchor bolts in one of the plant’s reactors were found broken.

Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) recently applied to resume operations of the plant’s first reactor after it replaced the seven bolts and carried out safety checks.

The DPP’s demanded the reactor remain out of operation until the cause of the bolt breakages was identified.

The KMT also voted to boycott the opposition’s repeatedly initiated motion calling for a ban on the import and sale of US beef following the discovery of a case of mad cow disease in California in late April.

The resolution urged the government to order the removal of US beef from shelves, to place imported US beef under the control of customs and to impose a temporary ban on imports of US beef and related products.

A proposal to form an ad hoc document-request committee in the legislature to investigate alleged irregularities in connection with Dreamers (夢想家) — a big-budget musical performed just twice as part of last year’s national centennial celebrations, which cost more than NT$215 million (US$ 7.15 million at the time) — was also rejected by KMT lawmakers.

However, progress was made with the legislature revising rules to prohibit the disclosure of information obtained by people working within the judiciary to those outside the judicial system.

Under the approved amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure (刑事訴訟法), prosecutors, judicial police officers, defense attorneys and other judiciary personnel are not permitted to reveal information about on-going cases.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井) said the revision made the principle of the “secrecy of investigation” more explicit.

The approved resolution required that the Judicial Yuan work in conjunction with the Executive Yuan to set up operational measures within five months of the legislation being revised.

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