DPP reshuffles deck after no-confidence vote

By Katherine Wei ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) collected itself after a no-confidence vote to overthrow Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) fell flat and announced yesterday that it is determined to uproot the Special Investigation Division (SID). “Despite the failed overthrow, we will still take action in getting to the bottom of the wiretap case,” said DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲). Aside from an attempt to amend the law in order to dissolve the SID, the DPP is set to pursue further investigations into the wiretapping incident that allegedly involved conversations between Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and the DPP’s own caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) tantamount to influence-peddling.

“The Legislative Yuan’s Discipline Committee must launch a probe to uncover the involvement of President Ma Ying-jeou, Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) and Jiang in the wiretapping — not to mention the degree of their involvement as well,” Lin said. In the party’s Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday, Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) concluded that the failed no-confidence vote only proved that a string of political disputes which began in early September did not stem solely from Ma. “The entire Kuomintang (KMT) is a band of crooks, allowing their chairman to overstep his power and meddle in the judiciary and constitutional systems; it is not concerned about the people’s opinions,” Su said. “Unlike the ruling party, the DPP is on the people’s side; what we lack are legislative seats,” said Lin. Both Lin and DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) have confirmed that the DPP may propose to impeach Ma.

Petition for Amendment Begun: DPP Legislators DPP Legislators Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) held a press conference yesterday centered on the party’s plan to introduce new amendments. Petitions for seven amendments encompassing the act of wiretapping and the remedial system for subjects of wiretapping have already begun, Lin said. Lin said the administrative remedial system for wiretapped officials is not sufficient for targeted officials to defend themselves. “The telephones of Interior Minister Lee Hung-yuan (李鴻源) and KMT Legislator May Chin (高金素梅) have been tapped as well — what if their information is leaked or sold to media outlets? Then this would not be simply gossip, it would be something much more serious,” Lin said. “Both ruling and opposition parties should work together in amending the laws,” Lin stressed.