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Premier to meet KMT legislators on pension reform

COMMUNICATION:The president is also attending as the executive branch seeks to strengthen communication with the ruling party’s lawmakers

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and Examination Yuan President John Kuan (關中) were to meet with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators last night to deliberate on a closely watched pension reform plan that could affect workers in the public and private sectors.

According to KMT members, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the closed-door meeting would be presided over by KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權), with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) also attending in his capacity as KMT chairman.

Jiang and Kuan are scheduled to hold a similar meeting with KMT lawmakers on the issue tomorrow.

KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said yesterday that the meeting would serve as a communication platform between the government and the ruling party, aiming to brief KMT legislators on the direction of the government’s pension reform and strengthen communication.

“President Ma puts great emphasis on communication, which is why he will also be attending the meeting in his capacity as KMT chairman,” the KMT member said, adding that the government had held more than 100 forums across the nation to solicit various opinions on the proposed pension reform.

Pension reform is of grave concern to the nation’s future as it could affect people from all walks of life, the KMT member said.

“However, if the reform could promote fairness and justice ... its impact on the public could be reduced to a minimum,” the party member said.

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