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Chairman of the KMT (also presidential candidate) Eric Chu advocates for the next Legislative Yuan to initiate reforms to make procedures efficient, ensure transparent negotiations and neutralize the stand of the president of the Legislative Yuan. Next week, KMT legislators will revise the proposal for the Law Governing the Legislative Yuan’s Power and they expect to complete the third reading for the foundation of the reform.

UDN reports, Chu says that the first goal is to maintain peace within cross-strait relations according to “One China, different interpretations" and the “1992 Consensus." The second is political reform. Chu thinks Taiwan the cabinet system suits Taiwan and the island should adopt its spirit. The operation of the Legislative Yuan should also be as simple as possible.

Chu says that the economy of Taiwan is island-based and the most important challenge is to join RCEP and TPP, regardless of it being the China team or US team. Taiwan will find needs to find its place and not be marginalized like North Korea. The process to join international economic and trade organizations must be clear and simple, so that people will know the pros and cons. These are the things the government should do.

CNA reports, Chu says that he will establish a political system in which authority and responsibility are equal. He also promises that if he wins the presidential election, he will address the State of the Union to the Legislative Yuan.

Chu stresses that people have long criticized the efficiency of the Legislative Yuan and the opposition party for boycotting important bills. First, the operation of the congress should be efficient through revising the Law Governing the Legislative Yuan`s Power or relevant negotiation regulations. Second, the negotiation should be transparent. Last, the president of the Legislative Yuan should be neutral, which is the KMT’s goal.

UDN reports, KMT legislator Lai Shih-bao says, according to the Law Governing the Legislative Yuan`s Power, if the parties can’t reach a consensus regarding the proposal after a one-month negotiation, the Legislative Yuan will interfere. However, in reality, even after one-month negotiation, the proposals are often boycotted. Lai says that the Legislative Yuan should set a rule to shorten the amount of time a motion is shelved.

Though changing agendas is often seen when the opposition party is boycotting a bill during the procedure, Lai says, amending the law will stipulate a limited number of twenty cases for each party per meeting to avoid this from happening.

As for transparent negotiations, the KMT advocated for negotiation procedures to be broadcasted like other meetings in the Legislative Yuan, and they can also set up a TV channel. The final decision of the negotiation should not include the finished versions examined by the committee to ensure professional scrutiny.

Translated by Wen-yee Lee
Edited by Olivia Yang