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'Greens' push for vote on KMT assets

'Greens' push for vote on KMT assets

A group of legislators from the "pan-green camp" unveiled yesterday a plan to initiate a referendum on the reclamation of the "ill-gotten" assets owned by the opposition Kuomintang.
The legislators went to the Central Election Commission to pick up a form for a public signature drive for the referendum, saying that they hope to collect at least one million signatures, although only 80,000 are required for the issue to be reviewed by a special screening committee.
The move, jointly promoted by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and Taiwan Solidarity Union, was made in retaliation against the KMT-led "pan-blue alliance's" campaign to recall President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
Citing a media report estimating the value of the KMT's assets at NT$600 billion (US$18.4 billion), the legislators argued that the assets should be returned to the nation and distributed to the people, with each person expected to get a share of NT$30,000.
According to DPP Legislator Lin Chung-mo (林重?), the "pan-green camp" decided to resort to a referendum because the "pan-blue alliance" has taken advantage of its majority in the Legislative Yuan to block a law on the handling of the KMT assets.
DPP Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮) urged KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to put forward a written statement to explain how his party is going to deal with its assets, just as President Chen has been afforded the chance to present a written statement to the Legislature to defend himself.
TSU Legislator Liao Pen-yen (廖本煙) said while his party believes that authorities should get to the bottom of the insider trading allegations surrounding the president's son-in-law, it is "very fair" that an exhaustive investigation is launched on the KMT assets.
Ho Min-hao (何敏豪), head of the TSU's policy committee, claimed that using "people power" to resolve the issue of the KMT's ill-gotten assets is the most suitable method.
Ho accused the KMT and PFP of focusing only on political struggle and ignoring the people's welfare by promoting a motion to recall the president during the extra legislative session that runs until June 30.
TSU Secretary-General Lo Cih-ming said the public will be able to sign their names in support of the referendum on the KMT assets during an anti-recall event set for June 17.
The TSU's candidates for the year-end elections for Taipei and Kaohsiung city councilors will also help collect signatures from the public, Lo said.