KMT proposes referendum over US meat imports
The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) is planning a referendum concerning the government’s plan to open to more US meat imports, which was announced earlier in the week.
KMT chair Johnny Chiang says the public vote will be focused on public food safety, and the party will start the application process at the KMT party congress this Sunday. He says this is a concrete effort to oppose the government's policy.
The referendum idea is in addition to Chiang's vow to closely oversee the policy in the legislature, and the party has not ruled out leading street protests in the capital against the government's move.
KMT lawmakers are also urging the public to write emails to agricultural officials to express their concerns over food safety and ractopamine.