KMT postpones referendum activities following Taroko train crash

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The members of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) decided to postpone a rally set for Saturday for at least a week following the tragic Taroko Express accident.

According to local Chinese-language media, the decision was made following a second referendum group meeting on Tuesday.

Non-governmental organizations and the Kuomintang are pushing for a total of four referendums, including issues regarding algae-reef protection, the banning of import on ractopamine-injested pork, referendums tied to the general election, and restarting the fourth nuclear power plant.

KMT Communications Committee chairwoman Wang Yu-Min (王育敏) said that it is not appropriate to hold a politically-inclined referendum for the time being as Taiwan is still recovering from the accident.

However, Wang added that the KMT will hold more than 500 promotional activities in the future, and said even if the first event was postponed, the party would continue to plan for more.