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A KMT show for the people

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators appear to have rallied after their decisive election defeat last year. Every day now they are fighting — often physically — in the legislature over pension reform and the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program proposals. Despite the physical tussles and the animated expressions on their faces as they protest, these legislators know all too well that this is but a show put on for the benefit of their supporters.

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Stepping up to the stage

With the WHO poised to hold its annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, starting on Monday, the chance of Taiwan’s participation as an observer this year is looking bleak considering that, as of yesterday, it has not been invited.

While China’s oppression and obstruction of Taiwan is the main reason for the nation’s exclusion, some have pointed at the WHO for its unfair treatment of Taiwan, neglecting the health rights of Taiwanese.

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Taichung base to be main target in Hang Kuang drills


Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft move down a runway yesterday at the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung.
Photo: Lo Tian-pin, Taipei Times

The Hang Kuang field exercises this year are to simulate a Chinese attack on the Ching Chuan Kang (清泉崗) Air Base in Taichung, a senior Ministry of National Defense official said yesterday.

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Former vice president Annette Lu says no reason for referendum reform delay


Lin I-hsiung, second right, front row, yesterday sits with other members of the People Rule Foundation outside the Democratic Progressive Party’s headquarters in Taipei to urge the government to lower the threshold for proposing and initiating a referendum.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Legislative Yuan should not wait until the end of this year to pass revisions to the Referendum Act (公民投票法), former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday, as the People Rule Foundation concluded a protest fast outside the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) headquarters in Taipei.

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The KMT’s failing relevancy

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) has been championing a proposal to end Taiwan’s “hostile relationship” with China by signing a peace agreement; she might even conclude that espionage and mutual — or to be more exact, one-sided — blocking would be unnecessary with such an agreement, but the people she needs to persuade are more likely to be Republic of China (ROC) loyalists than ordinary Taiwanese.

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Referendum rights and the pressure from China

A referendum might express the will of the public or it might decide policies. In both cases, it manifests the will of those who exercise sovereignty.

If Taiwanese do not have full referendum rights, they cannot be the true masters of the nation and they cannot be truly free — they are just the slaves of the nation’s rulers.

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Despite heavy rains yesterday, protesters show their support for former president Chen Shui-bian outside the Taiwan High Court as the court started to hear his appeal against his graft conviction.
PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING, TAIPEI TIMES

The Taiwan High Court yesterday began to hear the appeal by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who insisted his life term for graft was “illegal” and argued the evidence used to convict him was insufficient.

Chen was sentenced to life in prison by a district court last month for embezzling state funds, laundering money, accepting bribes and forgery. His wife, Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), also received life imprisonment on graft convictions.