Another Day, Another Brawl in the Legislature|立院委員會審萊劑爭議 朝野立委爆發拉扯
A scuffle erupted in the Legislative Yuan over the US pork issue. Opposition parties would not allow officials to report, insisting that public hearings should be held first. The legislative Economics Committee also offered two suggestions, which Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua deemed as "unfeasible."
I now invite the agriculture minister to speak at the podium.
The chair of the legislative Economics Committee declares the session open and invites Agriculture Minister to report on the government's decision to lift the import ban on foreign beef and pork containing controversial pharmaceutical drug Ractopamine. This angered Kuomintang lawmaker Lin Wei-chou, who was registered to speak first. Chen, however, continued with his report. Predictably, a brawl ensued.
Procedure must be followed. Don't hassle the minister. Don't hassle the minister. No. Are you waiting for the chair to rule?
Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming then called on the chair of the committee to restore order.
Will the chair of the committee restore order?
Lin, meanwhile, said public hearings have to be held before lawmakers can review the Council of Agriculture's revised public notice on Ractopamine.
It's ridiculous that this review is being held without a single public hearing.
Taiwan People's Party lawmaker Lai Hsiang-lin, who spoke next, blasted Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua and called for Wang to report to the Legislative Yuan. On the 12th, the legislative Finance Committee offered two suggestions, including the creation of a new customs code for imported pork containing Ractopamine along with separate product category codes for easy distinction. The following day, Wang dismissed the measures as "unfeasible."
The arrogance of this government official -- the arrogance of this minister! She is not fit for her job.
Public hearing before review!
KMT lawmakers say at least five hearings must be held before the end of the month before a review can be held. Following cross-party consultations, both sides agreed for hearings to be held.
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