Lobbying Act Has Not Served Purpose|遊說法實施已12年 登錄案件僅424件
The Sogo bribery scandal has highlighted the fact that the Lobbying Act has not succeeded in preventing such crimes. Some criticize the act is outdated and needs to be amended.
Numerous legislators have been implicated in the Sogo bribery scandal. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Su Chen-ching and Kuomintang lawmakers Sufin Siluko and Chen Chao-ming have been detained. The Legislative Yuan's image has been damaged, and it has become obvious that the Lobbying Act, which was supposed to promote transparency, has not served its purpose.
Statistics show that since the act was promulgated 12 years ago, only 424 lobbying cases from the central government level to the local government level have been registered, and 317 involve the legislature. Legislators say the act is out of touch with reality and needs to be amended. Many petitioners don't wish to be registered in government documents.
The majority of these petitions are not related to benefits or are not quid pro quo. So our Lobbying Act can be amended. Elected officials and government officials both need to be familiar with their own conduct and legislation. They shouldn't believe they're infallible or think they're so smart that they won't be caught.
Related regulations should be amended more thoroughly. According to the Supreme Court's stricter definition, only a "quid pro quo" relationship constitutes punishment on the grounds of bribery. In other words, there must be a direct relation between the illegal interests being provided and the specific performance of a public officer. However, how to identify if such a quid pro quo relationship exists is where we usually run into problems.
Former New Power Party Chairperson Hsu Yung-ming was also detained but posted bail. NPP Legislator Chiu Hsien-chih said he will propose amendments to the Anti-Corruption Act to crack down on illegal gifts and lobbying. Citizen Congress Watch said the current Lobbying Act is insufficient. For example, civic groups and registered companies must register with the Legislative Yuan to lobby legislators. However, lobbying targets are not disclosed in records, so there isn't any transparency.
Although lobbying cases have been registered, you can't find whom the lobbying activities targeted. When a business lobbies based on established procedures and laws, society should be able to accept this.
Citizen Congress Watch said public opinion believes all lobbying is unethical, and even people who lobby through accepted channels will be seen as trying to gain benefits. As a result, many people prefer to lobby privately. It says the law needs to be amended and stereotypes must be eliminated. Even if lobbying is successful, a firewall mechanism still exists in the deliberation process that will block suspicious laws.