Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday concurred with premier-designate Lin Chuan’s (林全) statement that there would be no “honeymoon period” for the government following the Cabinet’s inauguration.
“Once the administration is inaugurated on May 20, many policy initiatives have to be launched,” Su said. “The legislative session began almost two months ago and once the general question-and-answer session with the [incumbent] Cabinet is over, [the general assembly] is scheduled to start reviewing bills, so there is no room for the incoming administration to enjoy a honeymoon period.”
Asked whether he would meet with Lin to discuss draft bills, Su said a discussion is likely to take place in the next few days over what bills are to be placed at the top of the legislative agenda for the government to review as soon as it takes office.
Asked if he thinks that a motion proposed by a lawmaker calling on the legislative speaker to withdraw from cross-caucus negotiations on the basis of impartiality had a “specific target,” Su said that the lawmaker who proposed the motion might believe that a cross-party negotiation without the participation of the legislative speaker and the deputy legislative speaker would be “less biased.”
“However, I do not think that the lawmaker meant to ‘hollow out’ [the legislative speaker’s power],” he added.
As to whether the negotiation would be more neutral without the legislative speaker presiding over the talks, Su said the issue has to be thrashed out by all party caucuses, and the small parties’ stances in particular need to be taken into account.
“If the cross-party negotiation is to be presided over by [the whip of] the majority party, a possible dispute could arise in which the majority party is an opposition party, but the legislative speakership is obtained by the other parties based on cross-party collaboration.” Su said. “Would it then be the majority party caucus whip or the legislative speaker presiding over the negotiation? So the motion would require further deliberation.”
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Su Chiao-hui (蘇巧慧) motioned the bill last week and it has been said that it was tailor-made for DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up