KMT slams DPP lawmaker for adjourning meeting

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Jan 01, 2014 - Page 3

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) yesterday compared Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) with a dog because of Chen’s handling of the Procedure Committee meeting.

Wu drew the analogy at the meeting of the committee, which was supposed to set the agenda for the two-day plenary session on Friday and on Tuesday next week.

Chen, who chaired the committee meeting, announced the meeting’s adjournment after the KMT opposed the DPP’s proposal to place six items onto the agenda.

The proposals included a call to halt construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮), to set up a legislative committee to probe the illegal wiretapping allegations involving Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘), and cutting the year-end bonuses for President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Cabinet officials, among others, for this year.

The KMT holds a majority of seats in the committee.

Chen said KMT lawmakers have consistently blocked any proposal it deems unfavorable to the government, even if those proposals meet the criteria for deliberation.

He announced that the committee meeting was adjourned and that he would not be back to chair the meeting until midnight.

He then walked out of the meeting, triggering condemnation from KMT lawmakers.

Wu said Chen had created a disturbance on purpose.

“He was like a dog running away after doing something wrong,” Wu said.

About an hour later, Chen returned to the conference room and announced that the committee had decided to leave the agenda for all lawmakers to decide upon during the plenary session on Friday.