DPP head lashes out at 'administrative lethargy'
Central News Agency
2014-01-28 10:12 PM
Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang said Tuesday that the Legislature's passage of a request to invalidate amendments to the Land Administration Agent Act shows that the ruling Kuomintang is using its majority in the Legislature to cover up administrative laziness. The Cabinet's request received the majority support it needed to be approved by the 112-member Legislature earlier that day, winning a 60-45 vote that went along party lines. The Executive Yuan can of course request a reconsideration under the Constitution, Su said. But this time, the Executive branch had agreed to the amendments during prior screening, and had no objections after the Legislature passed them. Only after Premier Jiang Yi-huah "read the newspaper" did he begin to learn about the problem and request a reconsideration, according to Su. He lashed out at what he described as the "flipflop of the executive branch and its lax administrative machine." The Executive Yuan made the request because it felt that the revisions, passed by the Legislature Jan. 3, would undermine a system launched Aug. 1, 2012 to register the actual prices of housing transactions. The system was adopted in an effort to bring greater transparency to Taiwan's property market and help curb speculation. Under the existing Land Administration Agent Act, land agents who fail to record information about a housing transaction within 30 days from when the sale was made or who register an inaccurate price are subject to fines of between NT$30,000 (US$1,000) and NT$150,000. Had the Jan. 3 amendments taken effect, land administration agents would not face punishment if they corrected mistakes within a legally specified period of time after being notified of them. The Executive Yuan said that easing the regulations and not holding anybody responsible for late or false registrations could give rise to rogue agents who could use the loophole to manipulate transaction prices and disturb or even destroy the price registration system. (By Justin Su and Lilian Wu)
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