Taiwan doesn’t need more laws to regulate lobbying: DPP chair

By Enru Lin,The China Post

The China Post–Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that Taiwan already has laws that regulate lobbying, and that ordering more laws is “shouting slogans.” On Saturday, President Ma Ying-jeou vowed to regain public trust following a bribery scandal that has felled his former Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世). Within two months, the Executive Yuan should design a way to regulate the lobbying process, Ma said at a forum organized by the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) Agency Against Corruption (法務部廉政署). Taiwan already has laws that regulate lobbying, said Su yesterday prior to an officers inauguration ceremony at the Taichung City party headquarters. The government does not need to “stack a bed on a bed or build a house on a house,” said Su. Rather, we should maintain our existing laws, elect the right people, and do the right things — not shout slogans, he said. In presiding remarks at the ceremony, Su said that the DPP reserves its “greatest hopes” for Greater Taichung in the 2014 seven-in-one elections. In 2010, incumbent Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) of the Kuomintang regained his seat over DPP’s Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) by the razor-thin margin of less than 30,000 votes.

Su said yesterday that he believes Greater Taichung could go green in the 2014 local elections, which comprise polls for city and county chiefs, city and county councilors, township heads, and village and ward chiefs in all 22 of Taiwan’s special municipalities, cities and counties. The five municipal elections are “most important of all,” said Su. “And of these five municipalities, our greatest hope is in Greater Taichung,” said Su. The DPP chairman said that sweeping the grassroots elections gives the party a serious shot in the 2016 presidential election. “And if the DPP wins, everybody wins.”