Decriminalization of State Affairs Funds Debated 國務機要費除罪化修法 藍綠爆推擠衝突

Conflicts broke out in the Legislature over the amendment regarding the usage of state affairs funds, which the KMT accused of being politically-motivated.

Kuomintang Legislator Chen Yu-jen and Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Mei-hui got into a shoving match on the rostrum. The issue at stake was amendments to Article 99-1 of the Accounting Act, which decriminalizes the usage of state affairs funds. The legislature's Finance Committee reviewed the amendments on April 21 and parties mobilized their legislators to prepare for battle. The KMT said the DPP's motivation is to exonerate Chen Shui-bian.

Ker Chien-ming, Legislator (DPP): “Special allowance funds have already been decriminalized. State affairs funds should be as well. Special allowance funds are drawn from the state affairs fund. How can the son be not guilty while the mother is guilty?”

The New Power Party spoke out against the amendments, while the KMT began tossing fake money and fake gift certificates after the meeting started to mock Chen. It also asked for the meeting to be adjourned.

“The meeting should be adjourned, alright?”

The DPP managed to secure the rostrum and in the chaos, one of its legislators proposed ending the discussions and allowing the entire legislature to handle the matter. In the end, the DPP managed to use its majority to pass the first reading and adjourned the meeting at 9:13 a.m.

Shen Fa-hui, Legislator (DPP): “If there are no other opinions, then this meeting is adjourned.”

Jang Chyi-lu, Legislator (TPP): “It's a shame that there wasn't a rational and systematic discussion.”

William Tseng, Legislator (KMT): “If it's decriminalized, then NT$30 million to NT$50 million a year in state affairs funds could be misappropriated. They may be used to buy votes or support Internet armies.”

The KMT continued to protest the illegality and unconstitutionality of the amendments, while the DPP insisted that special allowance funds and state affairs funds be treated the same and decriminalized so that the constitutional principle of equality won't be violated. Party caucuses will need to discuss the draft bill before it's sent to the entire legislature.












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