The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused the Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC), a former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) subsidiary, of trying to illegally sell off properties that belong to the state.
The Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) said in a report yesterday that the BCC is planning to sell two buildings on Songjiang Road and Linsen N Road in Taipei.
DPP spokesperson Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) questioned the legality of the plan, as the Supreme Court last year ruled that some of the alleged BCC properties are national properties.
Citing the Supreme Court ruling, Huang said that a plot of land in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) that belonged to the Japanese government should have been handed over to the Taiwanese government after the war, but the KMT gave it to the BCC.
Originally a KMT-run radio station, the BCC was sold to Junli Investment Co under the then-China Times Media Group in 2005 and then to former New Party legislator Jaw Shaw-kong (趙少康) in 2006.
“Since the BCC is not a government institution, it cannot legally own national properties, and therefore the Supreme Court ruled that the transfer of ownership in 1981 and 1985 was illegal,” Huang said.
He said that although the court has yet to make a ruling on the properties on which the two buildings stand, they are likely illegally owned by the BCC, since the titles were transferred in the same way as the property in Banciao.
“KMT Chairman Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) vow to take good care of the party’s assets by the end of last month was just another ‘bounced check,’ but he is still obliged to make public details of the KMT’s sale of the BCC in 2006, so that we may know how many national properties have been illegally sold,” Huang said.
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