Cabinet fully supports Kaohsiung reconstruction內閣全力支持高雄重建
August 6, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) yesterday said that according to the Disaster Prevention and Protection Act, local governments should dip into their own emergency funds, annual budgets and public donations, first. If after doing this Kaohsiung still finds itself short of funds, then the central government will “definitely” give financial aid to the city.
On Monday, Kaohsiung City Secretary-General Lee Rui-tsang (李瑞倉) said that according to preliminary estimates, the city needs at least NT$1.9 billion to rebuild its damaged parts.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday reiterated that the Executive Yuan will fully support the Kaohsiung City Government during reconstruction efforts in wake of the recent gas explosions, after opposition lawmakers accused the Cabinet of being “cold-blooded.”
The premier yesterday stressed that the Executive Yuan stands with the citizens of Kaohsiung.
Cabinet's Response on Reports
Several local news outlets yesterday reported that the Cabinet has decided not to set up a law governing all underground pipelines in the nation, not to allocate a separate budget for reconstruction efforts in Kaohsiung, and not to establish a special commission to manage the reconstruction efforts.
Sun responded to the reports, saying that as underground petrochemical pipeline management involves too many governmental agencies and each agency has its own set of regulations to govern the issue, the Executive Yuan will not make another set of laws regulating it.
The spokesman said a cross-ministry meeting held on Monday did not discuss the possibility of establishing a special commission under the Cabinet to manage the reconstruction matter in Kaohsiung.
Sun said the Cabinet deems that there is no urgency to establish such a commission at the moment because the existing regulations are enough for the city to act in accordance with.
Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) and Lin Kuo-cheng (林國正) yesterday afternoon visited the premier at the Executive Yuan and exchanged opinions over the fatal explosions in Kaohsiung.Jiang said the executive branch is making every effort to assist Kaohsiung in rebuilding the damaged parts of the city. He pointed out that to draft a special bill and allocate a special budget for Kaohsiung is too slow a method to save the critical situation. “We don't need to spend extra time to make a new law in the Legislative Yuan,” the premier said.
Huang later told reporters that she previously wanted to draft a special bill to govern and allocate a budget for reconstruction efforts in Kaohsiung. She said after discussions with KMT lawmakers and Jiang, she now agrees with Jiang that to legislate a bill for the reconstruction work will take too much time.