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Non-governmental groups push for swift enactment of "sunshine laws"

Non-governmental groups push for swift enactment of "sunshine laws"

Several non-governmental groups urged the Legislative Yuan Friday to enact "sunshine laws" as soon as possible in order to establish clean politics and sound governance, in a response to allegations the that former first family funneled large sums of cash into Swiss bank accounts.
Hung Yu-hung, chief coordinator of the Constitution Reform Alliance, and Ku Chung-hwa, chairman of the Alliance of Citizen Congress Watch, called on the Legislative Yuan to swiftly pass the sunshine laws so as to tackle the issue of corruption from within the system. They issued the call at a seminar entitled "Do Not Forget the Power of Citizen Watch," hosted by the Taiwan Thinktank.
Former President Chen Shui-bian admitted last Thursday that he had lied about the campaign expenses for his two mayoral elections and two presidential elections between 1993 and 2004 and that his wife had wired surplus campaign contributions into overseas bank accounts held by members of his family.
His confession came only after the Foreign Ministry confirmed earlier that same day that Swiss authorities had sought Taiwan's help in a probe into a possible money laundering case in Switzerland involving Chen's son Chen Chih-chung and daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching.
The former president claimed that his wife Wu Shu-jen made the wire transfers without his knowledge.
Hung contended that the Legislative Yuan should pass the "Property With Unknown Source Act" as soon as possible in its next session, given the fact that so far there is no evidence to prove that Chen is guilty of corruption, but rather is "morally bankrupt."
"The law should be made retroactive so that all political figures could be scrutinized, " Hung said." It would not be a bad thing if the Democratic Progressive Party and Kuomintang lost half of their members because it would mean that the country could start afresh with clean governance."
Ku said politicians in power should be able to resist temptation and they should be held to a higher moral standard, as that is the key to an honest government.
"From a broader and more positive perspective, the Chen scandal might serve as an opportunity for Taiwan's democracy to get rid of long-lasting problems," Ku said.
Urging the KMT to take a more open attitude toward a planned protest for Aug. 30, the participants at the seminar said that the event is not targeted at President Ma Ying-jeou, but rather is a demonstration of the power of citizen watch.
They said the main objectives of the protest are to push for the swift passage of sunshine laws, to call on the general public to stand up and take responsibility for monitoring the government and to encourage the DPP to rise up powerfully and spiritedly to fill the role of safeguarding the interests of the people of Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-04-23 08:29 GMT+08:00