Taiwan Today: Name change referendum petition submitted to election commission

Name change referendum petition submitted to election commission

A petition calling for a national referendum on whether the national team should compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei” has been submitted to the Central Election Commission (CEC) with the required number of signatures, a former athlete who has been leading the campaign said Monday.

The petition has gained 526,688 signatures, way beyond the required minimum of 281,745 in the second stage, according Chi Cheng (紀政), a track and field athlete who won a bronze medal in the 1968 Olympics.

Migrant worker blames police for brother’s death

A Vietnamese worker appealed Monday to people in Taiwan for support in demanding justice over the death of her brother who died as a result of a police chase in April, in a case activists said highlights problems with the systematic exploitation of migrant workers in Taiwan.

Hoang Thi Ha’s brother Hoang Van Doan, 31, was found dead, his hands restrained by police issue handcuffs, in a mountainous area of Alishan, Chiayi County on April 19, according to members of Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA) and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

The coroner’s report recently released indicated that Hoang Van Doan died of a skull fracture and brain injury caused by a violent blow to his head, a TIWA member said.

Hoang Van Doan ran away from his job in Yehliu port, New Taipei, four months after he was hired as a fisherman in June 2016, due to the heavy workload and physical abuse he suffered from his employer.

Taichung to host first Asia-Pacific Youth Games in 2019

Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) announced on Monday that the city is planning to host the first Asia-Pacific Youth Games next year following the revocation of its hosting rights for the 2019 East Asian Youth Games.

In late July, the central Taiwanese city was informed by the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) that the committee had revoked Taichung’s standing as host of the multi-sport event, widely believed to be due to pressure from Beijing.

The city is seeking legal recourse, including mediation and arbitration, over the matter, Lin said during the unveiling of 12 artistic sporting sculptures that were originally meant for the East Asian Youth Games.

Taichung mayor Lin Chia-lung announced that the city will work with the central government to organize and host its own regional competition for young athletes — the 2019 Asia-Pacific Youth Games.

Tsai gives recorded speech at seminar in Europe

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) gave a recorded speech at a Taiwanese-sponsored seminar held in the European Parliament on Monday, in which she called for support from European countries that share the same values and ideals as Taiwan, at a time when, she said, China was undermining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.

The speech, which lasted 4 minutes and 30 seconds, was broadcast at the start of the seminar titled “China Factor: Resistance is Futile? — Taiwan as a Case Study.” The seminar was hosted by the European Federation of Taiwanese Associations and held on the last day
of a three-day event.

President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan was determined to safeguard its hard-earned democratic system and it understood how valuable it was more than any other country in the world.

Government plans new tax cuts; 1.49 million people expected to benefit

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is planning to amend the Taxpayer Rights Protection Act later this year to introduce tax cuts that are expected to benefit some 1.49 million people when
they file their returns next May.

In a notice of the draft amendment, the ministry proposed a new category of tax deductions for family expenses, which it said can be used to calculate a non-taxable amount that can be added to the standard deductions.

The MOF’s plan is expected to be hammered out in October, after the 60-day period of notice during which public opinion will be solicited. If the plan is approved, it will take effect in time for the next tax filing period in May 2019, and approximately 1.49 million people
will see a reduction in taxes, the ministry said.