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KMT caucus studying CSSTA options including referendum
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-07 05:06 PM
KMT legislators continued to debate the merits of Wang Jin-pyng’s overture Sunday to the student protesters occupying the Legislative Yuan. Some muttered that if the caucus cannot come up with a better way to resolve the standoff, they have no choice but to accept it. Other legislators said that Wang must set a deadline for finishing up review and approval of the trade pact. In addition, one KMT Legislator, Lai Shyh-bao, even suggested that rather agree to the "legislation first and no CSSTA review" approach now being touted by the DPP, it would be better to hold a referendum on CSSTA and let the public decide how to handle the issue.

KMT Legislator Lu Chia-chen said that people from all walks across Taiwan have called and offered advice on how to settle the issue, but so far none of it has proven to be of any use. He said the Legislative Yuan shutdown and Wang Jin-pyng’s initiative have left him feeling completely helpless, He said that while not everyone agrees with Wang’s option, many people and students have shown their support, and complaints that the KMT is being ‘sold out’ by Wang may not be that important.

KMT Legislator Shu Hui-chen said Wang’s proposition represents a stark departure from the position the KMT had been taking. She said many in the KMT caucus have tentatively agreed with the Speaker’s act but caution that the bottom line must be to set a deadline for adopting the CSSTA.

KMT Legislator Liao Cheng-ching added that Wang must set a deadline for both the oversight regulations and CSSTA and must meet those deadlines. He said Wang cannot afford to let the DPP boycott the legislative process any more on this issue.

KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao argued that the KMT has already lost this round of the fight to pass CSSTA. He suggested that the only alternative is to turn the issue over to the people by holding a referendum on the trade pact. He warned KMT legislators not to be so naive as to think that the Legislative Yuan might possibly pass CSSTA as it was negotiated by the KMT.

Lai Shyh-pao asked if the KMT had any other bargaining chips other than the referendum. He suggested that advocating a referendum would not necessarily reflect badly on the KMT in the year-end elections in November. KMT Chief Deputy Secretary-General Fei Hung-tai agreed that a referendum on CSSTA might be a viable option for the party.

KMT Central Policy Director Lin Hung-chih pointed out that the KMT caucus has already passed one resolution stating that the oversight legislation and review of CSSTA should be carried out at the same time. He announced that the party Legislative caucus would meet Monday evening to exchange opinions and rebuild a consensus on how to resolve the issues surrounding the trade pact.

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