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Talk of the Day -- Should Control Yuan be abolished?

Talk of the Day -- Should Control Yuan be abolished?

Control Yuan President Wang Chien-hsien urged lawmakers Wednesday to come up with a constitutional amendment to reform the government's supervisory system. Wang, known for his outspokenness, made the call while speaking informally with journalists. He said he was upset after the Control Yuan, Taiwan's top supervisory body, turned down a second attempt Tuesday to impeach Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-jung, who has been convicted of influence peddling and interfering with police matters. "If the Control Yuan cannot uphold justice, we would be better off just shutting it down," he said. Wang's predecessor at the Control Yuan helm, Frederick Chien, once said that his time at the agency was the worst experience and least productive period in his public service career. Chien, a career diplomat, had said that he felt "extreme sadness and regret" over his time at the agency, adding that his six years of service at the Control Yuan have left him unable to defend the criticisms often lobbed at it. Wang echoed the sentiment Wednesday, saying that the Control Yuan has been failing at its duties for a long period of time. The following are excerpts from a special report in the Wednesday edition of the United Evening News on remarks from Wang and others: Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng gave the cold shoulder to Wang Chien-hsien's constitutional amendment proposal. "The Control Yuan should come up with proposals on how to reform itself and improve its efficiency because its members most understand the agency's problems or deficiencies," Wang said. In contrast, lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties unanimously threw support behind for Wang Chien-hsien's reform initiative. Ruling Kuomintang Legislator Wu Yu-sheng said the Keelung mayor has been sentenced to one year and eight months in prison -- suspended for five years -- and ordered by a district court to pay NT$2 million in fine and perform 200 hours of community service. "Even though the case can still be appealed, the Control Yuan's image has been seriously damaged after it twice failed to pass motions to impeach the Keelung mayor," Wu said. "It's high time we discussed Control Yuan reform proposals," Wu said. Gao Jyh-peng, a legislative whip of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, said three branches of government is a general world trend. "We should follow such a trend by abolishing the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan," Gao said, adding that the two branches' functions can be taken over by the Legislature and the Executive Yuan, respectively. DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang shared Gao's view, saying Taiwan is a small country and does not need a five-branch government system. "The Control Yuan's failure to live up to public expectations of ensuring integrity of public functionaries has drawn majority doubts about its value," Tsai said. He suggested that Wang Chien-hsien resign from his post immediately to underscore his sincerity to push for abolishment of the Control Yuan. Many Control Yuan members also responded strongly against Wang's comments. They said Wang should step down from his post first if he truly wants to push for the institution's abolishment. Lee Fu-dian, a Control Yuan member, said Wang himself has not contributed anything to the institution over the past five years. "He is not in a position to criticize any of us because he has not done anything to improve the Control Yuan operations since he assumed his post five years ago, while many of us have worked hard to investigate many cases involving alleged misconduct of government agencies and public officials," Lee contended. (Aug. 14, 2013). (By Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-02-27 06:52 GMT+08:00