DPP’s Ker asked to testify
A resolution by the Legislative Yuan’s Discipline Committee yesterday asked Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) to testify before the committee on Friday next week to explain his alleged role in an improper lobbying case, which also involves Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平). Ker, who said that he had never asked Wang to lobby for him, reported himself to the legislature and demanded to be investigated. A plenary session at the legislature decided to refer the case to the Discipline Committee, and required the investigation to be digitally recorded and broadcast online simultaneously.
Ma thanks Tuvalu for aid
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday expressed gratitude to the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu for its donation of US$210,000 in the wake of Typhoon Morakot in 2009. Tuvalu’s donation amounted to 1 percent of its economic output, Ma said, in a meeting with Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga in Taipei. Ma said he was very surprised and full of gratitude when he learned of the country’s generosity. Tuvalu, one of Taiwan’s 23 diplomatic allies, donated US$210,000 in relief aid after Morakot caused the heaviest flooding in the nation in 50 years. Taiwan has been active in donating to relief efforts overseas, but has never contributed such a big percentage of its GDP, Ma said. He also thanked Tuvalu for its consistent support for Taiwan in the international arena over the years and most recently at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Marshall Islands in September. At that forum, Tuvalu paid tribute to Taiwan for its contribution to the development of the South Pacific nations, Ma said. He also commended Sopoaga’s efforts to push for Taiwan’s participation in the UN.