Ma Ying-jeou: Opposition stubbornness complicates communication
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-11 02:15 PM
KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou complained Tuesday that Tsai Ing-wen and the opposition DPP are not being cooperative in dealing with pending legislation prior to the special session of the Legislative Yuan. Ma said that Tsai’s comment that the KMT faces a "a fierce battle" in its efforts to gain passage of the Cross-strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) and the Free Economic Pilot Zone (FEPZ) bills. The president said that misconceptions and intransigence on the part of the DPP are making it very hard to maintain a rational dialogue between Blues and Greens on these and other issues..

Ma said Tsai’s characterization of the FEPZ bill as a "mishmash of chowder" was a complete distortion of the facts in the matter. He said the main purpose of the zones is "economic liberalization," which naturally entails deregulation and an open market. He said the zones will be limited to a small area for reasons of national security, a point which Tsai apparently does not understand.

Ma noted that Tsai questioned the FEPZ bill as a "blank check” for big business and a "black box" kept away from the eyes of the public. He said that Tsai comes from a legal background but lacks the technical knowhow to understand how the FEPZs function. He asked Tsai and others in the DPP to study the details of the bills and follow the standard legislative procedures in handling the cases, saying "If you adapt a hard position before talks even begin, how can the ruling and opposition sides ever discuss the contents of the bills?"

Ma also called on the DPP to refrain from violence or a boycott of the session, asking, "If a small number of legislators resort to violence over and over, isn’t that ‘tyranny by the minority?’"

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