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Legislator wants someone to take over welfare job

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Shu-fen speaks to reporters in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Shu-fen (林淑芬) yesterday said that she hoped a more capable person would take over her job as co-convener of the legislature’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee.

Lin, who has said that she is against a motion submitted by the DPP that would give workers one fixed day off and one flexible rest day, did not go to a meeting on Thursday, when the committee was scheduled to review the bill.

Due to her absence, the meeting ended without the bill being discussed.

Responding to media queries in the legislature yesterday about why she did not answer the door when a DPP caucus official went to her home, Lin said that her doorbell was broken.

She denied allegations that her request to step down was due to the bill and that she had reached an agreement with the New Power Party (NPP) to stymie the meeting.

“I had no idea what the NPP would do,” she said.

Lin said that the meeting did not end because she was not there to moderate it, but because DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) announced that the meeting would be adjourned.

The DPP halted the meeting because it wanted to continue communicating with the public, she said.

“The DPP administration has demonstrated a high level of magnanimity. Do not underestimate the DPP,” she said.

Asked whether she would resign as co-convener, Lin said that she would respect the party’s decision.

She called on people to focus on policies being reviewed rather than her personal plans.

“At present, we still need to work on a bill targeting [the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT)] ill-gotten assets. Let us work together for a better Taiwan and never give up,” she said.

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