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INTERVIEW: Neil Peng urges public to recall ‘bad’ lawmakers

Fed up with what it says is the arbitrary policymaking of President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration — as seen in its demolition of private residences, building of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and autocratic handling of the cross-strait service trade pact — civic group Constitution 133 Alliance has launched a recall campaign against lawmakers it says have forsaken their duty to be the voice of the people. In an interview with ‘Liberty Times’ (sister newspaper of the ‘Taipei Times’) reporter Tzou Jiing-wen, screenwriter and author Neil Peng, one of the founders of the newly formed alliance, called on the public to square up to incompetent lawmakers and stop them from “bullying” Taiwanese by subjecting them to recall bids

However, Ma would not have gotten away with his failure to make good on his campaign promises were it not for some legislators serving as his accomplices. Will the people care if all of the president’s checks bounce? I think they will if they take the initiative to punish incompetent lawmakers through recall petitions.

If we do not square our accounts with politicians now, we will be giving them permission to keep bullying us.

Translated by Staff Writer Stacy Hsu

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