KMT looks to recall Ker over ‘nuke food’

By Stephanie Chao, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Kuomintang (KMT) has locked onto Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming as its primary target for the party’s planned legislative recalls, according to a party announcement on Thursday. KMT Culture and Communications Committee Deputy Director-General Lee Ming-hsien (李明賢) said the party aims to recall DPP lawmakers who support the removal of a ban on food products from areas affected by Japan’s 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

The KMT aims to file recall proposals on Feb. 1, as many lawmakers will have been in office for a year on that date and are therefore eligible for recall. The move by Taiwan’s largest opposition party comes after an attempt to block DPP-sponsored labor amendments in the Legislature failed on Tuesday. The party then announced it would carry out a three-pronged strategy consisting of mass demonstrations, legislative recalls and a referendum to combat the Tsai administration’s efforts to lift the ban.

He posed questions including, “Why has the DPP decided to allow Japanese food imports from radiation-affected areas?” and “Has (the DPP) made any under-the-table negotiations with the Japanese?” The KMT has announced that it would not only push to recall legislators but that it would also coordinate with grassroots organizations to hold a referendum on the issue. Lee added that the party would conduct nationwide opinion polls to target DPP lawmakers who have gone against their constituency’s will. “DPP caucus whip Ker Chieng-ming is definitely one of the lawmakers (that the KMT) aims to recall.” According to Taiwan’s Civil Servants Election And Recall Act, recall proposals cannot be filed against civil servants until they have served in office for at least one year. The number of signatories needed to propose and sign a recall and voting thresholds were relaxed when the Legislature passed amendments to the Act in late November. Revisions to the act also allow citizens to campaign for or against a candidate who is up for recall. Serve the Public,