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Commercial Times: Emotionalism

Commercial Times: Emotionalism

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 6 of a daily roundup) The recent public relations campaign used by the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou to promote the controversial industrial innovation bill almost reached the extent of being "emotionalistic, " with which we can hardly agree.
First, the adminstration had business representatives place ads in major newspapers to state the damage done to the country's industrial development as a result of the bill's failure to clear the Legislative Yuan. As a matter of fact, the problem caused by the expiry of the Statute for Upgrading Industries is not as serious as imagined.
The purpose of publishing those ads was to exert pressure on lawmakers of both the ruling and opposition parties so that the many unreasonable privileges stipulated in the bill could be implemented.
Second, many experts and scholars who are close to the government's finance and economic agencies have published commentaries in newspapers over the past few days to trumpet the bill's importance to the country's industrial development. They used some extremely complicated models to "bewilder" laymen, and traces of manipulation of data and conclusions were everywhere.
Third, government officials granted media interviews or held news conferences to exaggerate the effects of the bill and even distorted the original purpose of the policy.
Last week, we mentioned many aspects of the bill that involve "logical blindness." We are now pointing out the government's many "emotionalistic" practices in the hope that the public can understand the situation and judge fairly the performance of the ruling and opposition parties.
(By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-05-10 11:18 GMT+08:00