Taipei--Kuomintang legislative caucus convener Lin Te-fu (???) on Monday led a protest against efforts by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to force through the third reading of a set of special provisions for the forward-looking infrastructure development program, which will lay the groundwork for a budget to be passed for the program's implementation.
The KMT caucus wants the program to be returned to the Executive Yuan and re-written, Lin said, with the government's "forward-looking infrastructure development plan" set to enter its final legislative process this week.
Unhappy with the DPP decision to force through the special budget by ordering its lawmakers to attend the legislatures' extraordinary meetings this week, the KMT protested in front of the Legislative Yuan building.
Led by KMT Acting Chairman Lin Junq-tzer (???), Lin Te-fu and other KMT lawmakers, protesters rallied on a street near the Legislature, holding up banners with slogans such as "mess up the forward-looking plan and Taiwan won't be better," and "send back the forward-looking plan, safeguard Taiwan," while marching toward the Legislature.
The KMT acting chairman described the plan as "a money pit," saying that the DPP is predisposed to favor DPP-governed cities and counties with taxpayers' money by taking full advantage of its legislative majority.
He also accused the DPP of planning to use the special budget for the infrastructure development program to buy votes in upcoming local elections, demanding that the bill be re-written.
In cross-party consultations on Monday morning, the KMT caucus supported the minority New Power Party's call for the bill to be returned to the Legislative committees for further review, a demand that was promptly rejected by the DPP caucus.
The Executive Yuan introduced the plan in March, aiming to push for infrastructure construction to stimulate the local economy.
The government has said it will spend NT$882.5 billion (US$29.48 billion) over eight years on a wide range of projects, including light rail construction, digital and green energy infrastructure, water resources and urban-rural infrastructure. The plan's budget has been capped at NT$890 billion.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel