The Cabinet's budget proposal for its Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program is set to head to a committee review on Monday.
That's after opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers blocked Premier Lin Chuan's presentation on the budget for a second time on Friday. KMT lawmakers threw water balloons and fake banknotes, blew whistles and shouted slogans.
Legislature President Su Jia-chyuan then bypassed a legislative question-and-answer session to send the budget proposal to a committee review. He later called a cross-caucus negotiation in a bid to break the deadlock, but the KMT caucus refused to attend.
The head of the KMT caucus, Lin Wei-chou, said Sunday morning that the party will decide on Monday morning what tactics it will use to boycott the committee review.
Lin also questioned the legality of the special budget and said that there had been procedural irregularities as well. He declined to say whether the KMT would participate in a question-and-answer session for the budget. The focus of their boycott, he said, would be on the third and final special legislative session that has been scheduled for passing the budget this summer.
Meanwhile, Lin said that the KMT would continue to hold a press conference every day to point out the problems with the government's infrastructure budget. He pointed to one example of a budget on food security, questioning why the government wanted to build a new food security building when, he said, the problem lies with inadequate manpower.
The head of the ruling DPP's legislative caucus � Ker Chien-ming � called on the KMT to offer substantive review and rational supervision, rather than continuing to lower the bar. He said that he welcomed KMT lawmakers to share their opinions.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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