A former chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Lin Yi-hsiung, called yesterday for proper exchanges between the president and the premier.
Lin made the thinly veiled attack in an open letter on the model of exchanges between the president and the premier, saying that the letter will be for the reference of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), the premier and ranking government officials, as well as the heads of state-owned enterprises.
DPP Chairman-elect Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) said he would comment after studying the letter.
Lin said exchanges between the president and the premier have not been conducted according to the Constitution, which has thrown the administrative system into chaos over the past five years since the DPP came to power. According to the Constitution, the president appoints a premier and their exchanges follow a set model, Lin said.
The president can regularly summon the premier to learn about his major administrative measures. If the president thinks the measures are inappropriate, he can offer suggestions or advice, which the premier can adopt or ignore at his discretion.
If the president thinks the premier often ignores his suggestions or advice, or that there are major drawbacks or deficiencies in implementing major policies, the president can act on his power under the Constitution to dismiss the premier.
To address the problem of the erratic administrative system, Lin suggested that the president keep his distance from nepotism and cronyism.
The president "should not summon ministers or officials and give them instructions privately," Lin suggested.
If the staff or family members of the president do not agree to any administrative measures, they should express their views through the president and let him inform the premier, Lin pointed out.
The staff or family members of the president also should not instruct heads of the government or state-owned enterprises, Lin added. He also said the premier should "take responsibility and show some guts" by instructing ministers or heads of state-owned enterprises not to go to the Presidential Office directly without his prior approval.
Government officials and state-owned enterprise heads should avoid going to the Presidential Office so as not give the "bad impression of ingratiating themselves" to the president, Lin suggested.