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Unlawful to use special budget for flood control purposes: DPP

Unlawful to use special budget for flood control purposes: DPP

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accused the Cabinet Tuesday of bending the law and disrespecting the Legislative Yuan over its plan to finance flood control projects with a special budget originally intended to stimulate domestic demand.
If the Cabinet wants to adjust the special budget, it should request the legislature to call a special session to reconsider the budget bill, which only passed on July 17, said DPP Legislator Tsai
Hung-liang.
Tsai said the DPP will refer related Cabinet officials to the Control Yuan for investigation and possible impeachment if the Cabinet insists on going ahead with the plan.
Tsai was referring to a decision made Monday night by Premier Liu Chao-shiuan to allocate NT$41.3 billion out of the NT$58.3 billion stimulus package to urgent flood control projects, after a review of the government's handling of the aftermath of severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Kalmaegi.
According to Tsai, the latest move by the Cabinet shows that Liu was lying when he claimed it was "urgent and necessary" for the country to promote various projects to boost domestic demand.
The move also proves the so-called domestic demand-boosting projects are nothing but pork barrel projects, he said.
Lin Shu-fen, another DPP legislator, said it is inconceivable that the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) is now blaming the former DPP administration for failing to improve the country's flood prevention facilities, when it was the KMT that delayed an eight-year flood prevention package put forth by the DPP administration.
Because the budget for the package was only passed in 2006, after being proposed by the DPP administration in mid-2005, many flood prevention projects financed by the package were still in their initial stages as of June 2008, Lin said.
Meanwhile, Cheng Wen-tsang, who as head of the DPP's Department of Culture and Communications acts as the party's spokesman, said the way Liu's Cabinet is dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Kalmaegi has fully demonstrated its recklessness and lack of experience.
Cheng said the Cabinet is making a huge mistake by trying to solve the flooding problems through sporadic projects.
Sharing the DPP's past experience in handling the issue, Cheng said the Cabinet must coordinate efforts by local governments and work out a comprehensive middle-to-long-range plan to ensure the success of the efforts.


Updated : 2022-05-24 07:16 GMT+08:00