Amendment of constitution is a must: Chu

By Amy Chyan ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (���߭�) said yesterday that amending the constitution is an action that must be taken.

Chu’s proposed idea of introducing a parliamentary system to replace Taiwan’s current presidential system has attracted various opinions. However, Chu is adamant in his view that the change will improve the country.

Constitution Caused Political Failure: Chu Amending the constitution is a big goal, said Chu. In the past, the current constitution has caused failure in the political system and it is evident to all the citizens of Taiwan, said Chu. Chu said that this is certainly not a case of his personal agenda, but a sentiment shared by Taiwanese citizens countrywide. Chu’s solution to solving political failure stemming from the constitution is to revise the constitution by ridding it of unequal rights and responsibilities. Chu challenged political parties to be free of any selfish motives since the revision needs to be executed with sincerity. Chu said that he believes an unbiased attitude and open mind is necessary to figure out the direction most fitting for Taiwan’s constitution. Responding to whether he would be asking former President Lee Teng-hui (���n��) for tips, Chu said that the process will take a lot of discussion and that the discourse will include scholars, experts and political predecessors regardless of their political party. Chu said he hopes that everyone can offer their opinion to help better Taiwan.

Multiple Roles Not Awkward For Chu As Chu will become the Kuomintang (KMT) chairman-elect by default, he will also still be New Taipei City Mayor. In the Legislative Yuan, Chu has the option of attending meetings as the KMT chair or the mayor of New Taipei City. When asked if it would be awkward to be in that position, Chu used a baseball reference and said that today he may be the pitcher and tomorrow he may be the catcher. Frankly, everyone works like a team, Chu said. As long as everyone works together for the betterment of Taiwan, then it is fine, Chu said. According to the Additional Articles of the R.O.C. Constitution (���إ����˪k�W�ױ���), constitutional revision needs to be proposed by 25 percent of legislators. In addition, 75 percent of legislators need to be present and 75 percent of the legislators in attendance need to vote in favor of the proposed revision. After a six-month public announcement, a referendum will determine whether the revision will go into effect.