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Legislature passes Anti-infiltration Act

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Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday protest against the Anti-infiltration Act, while Democratic Progressive Party legislators hold signs instructing their colleagues to vote in favor of the bill.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus, which has a majority in the Legislative Yuan, yesterday passed a third reading of the Anti-infiltration Act (反滲透法) to outlaw interference in elections on the instructions or with the funding of an “infiltration source.”

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:39 ) Read more...

Academia Historica publishes records on Chen Wen-chen

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Academia Sinica researcher Chen Yi-shen, left, standing, and National Human Rights Museum director Chen Chun-hung, right, attend a launch in Taipei yesterday for a book about the post-war political situation in Taiwan.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

The Academia Historica is to publish a compilation of historical materials related to late democracy activist Chen Wen-chen (陳文成), including documents that link Chen’s case to the Kaohsiung Incident, the academy’s curator said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 January 2020 06:40 ) Read more...

‘Infiltration’ bill aimed at actions: MAC

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Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chen Ming-tong speaks at the legislature in Taipei in an undated photograph.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

A proposed anti-infiltration bill would crack down on acts of infiltration, rather than target certain people, while agencies would not “punish” offenders, but lodge lawsuits against them, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) said yesterday.


Canned pork from Vietnam banned

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A can of pork liver paste imported from Vietnam that tested positive for African swine fever is pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine

To keep African swine fever at bay, Taiwan has banned imports of canned pork products from Vietnam, after a can of food from the Southeast Asian country tested positive for the virus earlier this month, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday.


Police crack down on vote betting

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Police in Taoyuan yesterday escort four people suspected of being part of an illegal ring taking bets on the presidential election.
Photo: Lee Jung-ping, Taipei Times

Police in Taoyuan said they have raided an illegal gambling ring that took bets on the result of next month’s presidential election, and detained four people for questioning.


Protesters urge Mayor Han’s removal

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People calling for Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s removal from office march through the city yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Hundreds of thousands of people yesterday took to the streets to call for Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) removal from office.


Wu stands by sexist epithet for Tsai

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Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih, right, speaks at a rally for KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu at the Armed Forces Club in Taipei on Tuesday.
Photo copied by Wang Shu-hsiu, Taipei Times

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday defended calling President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) an “ill-starred woman” (衰尾查某, literally “droopy-tailed woman”) on Tuesday, despite criticism from politicians across party lines.


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In a random draw yesterday, the Taipei District Court selected Judge Chou Chan-chun (周占春) to preside over legal proceedings for the fourth round of indictments issued against former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and others.

Chou was the judge who previously ordered Chen’s release from detention. However, last December, a panel of judges replaced Chou with Tsai Shou-hsun (蔡守訓). The change at the time prompted allegations of procedural flaws and political interference.