Pan-green parties decline invitation to legislators’ banquets

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 - Page 3

Pan-green political parties have declined an invitation to attend banquets for legislators, saying that government funds should be spent on other matters and that the premier has failed to provide answers to important issues.

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is to hold dinners for legislators on Wednesday, on Monday next week and on March 20, where he hopes to communicate with legislators on important issues such as year-end bonus reforms.

However, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) have turned down invitations to the events.

DPP caucus whip Pan Men-an (潘孟安) yesterday said that the party caucus felt the government should come up with better ways to use its funds, adding that in principle, party members would not attend what was only a “habitual gathering.”

TSU caucus convener Lin Shih-chia (林世嘉) said that TSU party members would not attend the event, adding that when he met the premier in the party’s caucus office in the Legislative Yuan earlier, he felt that Jiang did not adequately address the questions he posed on the issues of annual bonuses and the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮).

Members of the TSU will probably not attend, Lin said.

Meanwhile, People First Party convener Thomas Lee (李桐豪) said the party respected its members’ choice whether to attend.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) policy committee chief Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said that although many of the party’s legislators have already spoken with the premier directly on the issue of the annual bonus reforms, on account of the premier’s sincerity, the party would still encourage its legislators to attend the events.