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KMT occupies speaker podium in protest of blocked curriculum bill – China Post

By Stephanie Chao ,The China Post
April 30, 2016, 12:14 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan — In a historic moment on Friday morning, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers occupied the legislative speaker’s podium in protest of the retracted controversial high school curriculum guidelines and another bill that were passed by the majority Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

KMT Legislator Lin Wei-chou (林為洲), in an afternoon press conference held to address their actions during the turbulent legislative session, pointed out that the cross-party negotiation mechanism has a loophole — if legislative committee commissioners do not hold negotiation meetings within a one-month period, legislation will be voted on during its scheduled reading during a legislative session.

Lin stated that in the upcoming one-month period, negotiations must be held and compiled into meeting minutes before voting, otherwise they will just end up as “empty talks.” He indicated that Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) responded positively to this request and promised to do so.

KMT caucus secretary-general Lin Te-fu (林德福) argued that the KMT “is not being unreasonable,” and that the party cannot accept that the DPP has never held negotiation meetings with them and that its failure to do so “is like fooling us.”

KMT lawmaker Chang Li-shan (張麗善) turned her guns on Su, however, criticizing him for being impartial, and blasted the DPP for not “respecting the minority parties.”

The two bills in question were related to the controversial curriculum that sparked widespread protests last summer and the review for Far Eastern Telecommunications’ (Far EasTone, 遠傳電信) deal to invest in China Network Systems (CNS, 中嘉).

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Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers occupy the legislative speaker’s podium on Friday, April 29. Lawmakers voted on a proposal by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) and others for the withdrawal of the Education Ministry’s curriculum guidelines for social science and Chinese subjects. (CNA)

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