Wednesday, July 4, 2012

And the beef goes on…

l  In the end, Typhoon Tamlin saved the day as Taiwan's Legislative Yuan (LY) decided to postpone the planned extraordinary session to mid-July, in order to vote on lifting the current ban on ractopamine.

l  Although Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has been keen on pushing the proposed amendments through, the level of resistance, in and out of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), has far exceeded the government’s expectations. In fact, some KMT legislators have suggested that the Executive Yuan (EY) should just issue an executive order to “put the controversy to rest.”

l  More importantly the postponement averted a potentially violent clash between the ruling KMT and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that would have further divided Taiwan.

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