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Civic watchdog selects 'shame' as 2011 word for legislature

Civic watchdog selects 'shame' as 2011 word for legislature

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The word that best describes the Legislative Yuan's performance in 2011 is "shame," as legislators have given themselves a month of paid leave to campaign for re-election while failing to come up with any quality legislation during their current stint, civil rights activists said Friday. Chang Hung-lin, chief executive of the Citizen Congress Watch (CCW), said the word of the year for the legislature was selected through a survey of the non-government watchdog's group members, participants in CCW-sponsored garden parties and an online vote. "We feel the word `shame' vividly portrays our lawmakers in abusing their authority by giving themselves paid leave a month ahead of the next legislative election, even though they have failed to complete any well-devised legislation to boost the public interest," said Chang. The watchdog group has selected a word to reflect the legislature's performance annually since 2008, when the word "darkness" was selected to symbolize the legislature's failure to fulfill its promise to allow public access to the video-on-demand (VOD) system. In 2009, the representative word for the legislature was "selfishness," while the word "bluff" was selected in 2010 to illustrate the lawmaking body's inability to honor its promises to enact many important pieces of legislation, including a number of sunshine laws. Chang said he hopes a new generation of lawmakers can be elected in the Jan. 14 legislative elections to help shrug off the legislature's negative image so that a positive word can be selected in 2012 to highlight its performance. The watchdog group also picked former Legislator Diane Lee's acquittal over dual nationality charges as the top legislative news story of 2011, followed by the steamrolling through of amendments to the land expropriation act that led to farmers rights activists unveiling a list of lawmakers whose re-election they do not want to see. (By Justin Su and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-07-26 20:50 GMT+08:00