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KMT defeats anti-nuclear motions
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-09 03:59 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Kuomintang majority defeated anti-nuclear motions at the Legislative Yuan Friday, though four of its members voted with the opposition.

The Democratic Progressive Party wanted to put several items on the agenda for discussion, including an immediate stop of work on the fourth nuclear plant in Gongliao, New Taipei City. Other motions included a demand for Premier Jiang Yi-huah to deliver a report about the government’s recent decisions about the project and the removal of this year’s NT$8.1 billion (US$269 million) extra budget for the fourth plant.

The KMT controls 65 out of 112 seats at the Legislative Yuan against 40 for the DPP, making an opposition victory unlikely, but nevertheless, four ruling party legislators still voted along with the opposition.

The four were Lee Ching-hua, whose electoral district includes Gongliao, outspoken lawmaker Lo Shu-lei, who often grills government measures on talk shows, former Taipei mayoral candidate Ting Shou-chung, and Lo Ming-tsai, the son of fugitive former gang leader Lo Fu-chu.

Ting said he had never changed his anti-nuclear stance and would be willing to pay a NT$20,000 (US$664) fine for violating party discipline.

Lo Shu-lei questioned why the government still needed to budget funds for the nuclear project when it had already announced it would not operate the Gongliao plant. During former DPP Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung’s nine-day fast against the project, the Cabinet announced it would only ever operate the new nuclear power plant after receiving the go-ahead from a referendum.

Lo Ming-tsai said he once suggested to the KMT caucus that it should go along with then-President Chen Shui-bian in halting the project. No matter how tasty an ice cream was, once it had melted on the way, it would never taste good again, he said.

Lee told reporters that the caucus and party leadership should understand his predicament. Since he proposed a referendum question last year, he was the only lawmaker with the right to vote against the government or anyway he liked, Lee said.

His referendum question formed part of a government campaign last year to organize a nationwide vote on the project, but Lee withdrew his proposal after a power struggle erupted in the KMT between President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng.

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