DPP lawmaker's proposal to remove Sun Yat-sen pictures rejected - Focus Taiwan

DPP lawmaker's proposal to remove Sun Yat-sen pictures rejected

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) A proposal to scrap several bills related to the removal of pictures of Republic of China founding father Sun Yat-sen (孫中山) from public places was returned to the Procedure Committee of the Legislative Yuan Friday.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Kao Jyh-peng (高志鵬), who proposed the removal, said the proposal was reported to the legislative floor Friday before being referred for screening.

But due to opposition by the legislative caucus of the Kuomintang (KMT), the proposal was returned to the Procedure Committee, Kao said.

He also noted that the legislative caucus of the DPP has already set up a transitional justice task force, and said the proposal to remove Sun's pictures will be submitted for deliberation by the task force.

Under existing laws, government authorities, organizations, schools and military facilities must hang the national flag above pictures of Sun in the front and center location of their auditoriums and congregation locations.

The ROC president, vice president and government officials must also face the national flag and Sun's picture in swearing-in ceremonies.

The KMT has panned Kao's proposal after it was broached recently.

Kao or other legislators can still resubmit similar proposals at the Procedure Committee.

(By Tseng Ying-yu, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lilian Wu)ENDITEM/J

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