Saying that only a self-disciplined legislature can earn people’s trust and effectively fulfill its functions of making laws and checking and balancing the power of the administrative branch, the statement urged the legislature’s Discipline Committee to set up a cross-party taskforce to probe the alleged illegal lobbying.
It also called on lawmakers to draw up an amendment to Article 73 of the Civil Servants Election And Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法), which stipulates that legislators-at-large lose their status as legislators the moment they lose their party membership.
Turning to other major issues, the statement said the trio felt the need to express their stance on the controversy surrounding the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and the cross-strait service trade pact after seeing how Ma’s poor governance had deprived people of hope.
“It has been a national consensus that the construction of the nuclear power plant must be halted immediately… We solemnly urge the Ma administration to prioritize and pass a motion seeking to cease the plant’s construction,” the statement said.
As for the cross-strait agreement, the statement called on the opposition parties to adopt a rational mindset and focus on the overall and long-term interests of the country when deliberating on the pact.