TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Leaders from six major business and industry organisations yesterday issued a statement urging a swift end to the ongoing political stalemate between President Ma Ying-jeou's administration and the legislative branch.
In a joint statement, the organisations remarked that the nation is not equipped to sustain the collateral effects of an ongoing political struggle, and urged the president to refrain from further escalation of the matter. The people's suffering and anger grows as the political turmoil persists, said the organisations' leaders, who advised that the president's priority should be focused on ensuring Taiwan's long-term economic growth.
Several much-touted policies still await resolution by governing bodies, which have thus far been mired in a state of gridlock since the outbreak of the political struggle between Ma and Wang Jin-pyng in September. A referendum on Taiwan's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant (核四公投案), reforms to the national retirement pension scheme (年金改革案), an amendment to the labour insurance programme (勞保條列修正案) and the drafting of amendments on laws governing the allocation of government revenues and expenditure (財政收支劃分法) all have been put on hold amid current scandals. According to the organisations, these issues require deliberation by a national affairs conference and the participation of the ruling and opposition parties as well as the private sector. A productive platform of dialogue is sorely needed to ensure Taiwan's future, said business and industry leaders.