Chunghwa Post name change bill blocked


Opposition “pan-blue” lawmakers blocked yesterday a draft amendment to postal regulations that is needed to implement a controversial proposal to change the designation of Chunghwa Post Co. from being placed on the legislative agenda.

The state-run enterprise’s board of directors passed the proposal to change the company’s name to Taiwan Post last month, amid protests of company workers. However, the name change cannot be carried out without an amendment to regulations governing postal administration and Chunghwa (which means Chinese in Mandarin) Post’s statutes.

At the Legislative Yuan Procedure Committee, legislators of the “pan-blue alliance” of the Kuomintang and the People First Party, who hold a slim majority in the legislature, forced out the draft bill, frustrating the government’s ongoing drive to “rectify” names of state-run businesses to get rid of Chinese references in their titles and add the word “Taiwan” to make them more identifiable with their country of origin and avoid confusion with similarly named Chinese organizations.

In addition, the legislative committee also shut out an unrelated proposal of the “pan-green camp”, headed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, to ask the Legislative Yuan to exercise its power of consent over the president’s nominees for long vacant seats in the Control Yuan, the country’s supreme watchdog body.

The Control Yuan has not been operating for more than two years because of the opposition-controlled legislature’s refusal to endorse President Chen Shui-bian’s nominations.