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Commercial Times: People as A League

Commercial Times: People as A League

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 4 of a daily roundup) The sarcastic rhetoric pitting "A League vs. C. League" has become the most heated topic after the fourth round of Chiang-Chen negotiations.
No one can deny that in a democratic society, people should be classified in the "A League." Regretfully, however, people only get "A League" treatment during elections and are forsaken immediately after elections. How many politicians really care for the welfare of the people? Taking the case of U.S. beef import debates at the legislature, it was two months after the government announced the signing a protocol to relax restrictions on beef imports from the U.S. that the man in charge, National Security Council Secretary-general Su Chi, appeared at a briefing for the first time to "communicate" with the press.
Su suggested in a close to "threatening" tone that should the Legislative Yuan revise the Act Governing Food Sanitation in relation to imports of U.S. beef, and the version it adopts violates the protocol, Taiwan may face retaliation from the U.S.
For those who did not know that Su is a Taiwanese official, they might have thought of him as a representative of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) delivering an "imperial message." Su also spoke of the case of South Korea. Indeed, the administration of Ma Ying-jeou should learn from the Korean experience. Last year, after announcing his administration would lift ban on U.S. beef imports, Korean President Lee Myung-bak faced mass demonstrations, a paralyzed Congress, a setback in local elections and a Cabinet reshuffle.
Lee apologized twice to the Korean people before an agreement was finally reached between the administration and the Congress to revise the law, giving more power to the Congress in beef import supervision.
Over the past two months, if not for the fury of the public, the administration would not have adopted the so-called "three control, five certification" measures to control beef imports from the U.S.
Is it that Taiwanese people can only resort to self-assistance? Is it that the high ranking officials will only take people seriously as "A League" when they resort to referendums or take to the streets? (By Lillian Lin)