'Heavy' reports spark call for reform
THE composition of the NPC should be revamped as many deputies are too busy and 'ignorant' to handle state issues, a Taiwanese delegate said yesterday.
Delegate Liu Caipin said from Nanjing: 'Many NPC members, including myself, are not knowledgeable enough.' 'We don't have enough time and wisdom to understand so many official reports which are usually delivered shortly before discussions,' she said.
The veteran NPC deputy said she would urge the legislature to take a more 'transparent' approach in selecting its members.
'China may ignore my request this year but it cannot evade the question for ever,' Ms Liu said.
She also criticised the NPC for failing to fulfil its functions enshrined in the constitution, saying it could not monitor the Government properly.
Ms Liu's call was indirectly echoed by some of the NPC and CPPCC members in Hong Kong.
Dissident Xu Liangying yesterday urged the NPC to reform its election system and include more grassroot representatives.
'I didn't sign my friends' recent petitions to the NPC because I thought it would never listen to our demands,' he said.
Ways to combat inflation and the soaring crime rate are expected to remain high on the agendas.
A mainland CPPCC delegate, Wang Meng, said he would urge the Government to launch comprehensive packages to restore law and order.
'I hope it can do more on youth education and bureaucratic management.
'In the past, too many loopholes in our government structure have been manipulated by corrupt people,' he said.
Mr Wang, a former culture minister, said he might put forward some motions to the CPPCC on cultural activities and protection of historic relics.
Hong Kong-based NPC delegate Cheng Yiu-tong predicted the administration would announce some 'flexible restrictive measures' for cutting the expenditure.
'I think the Government will selectively halt the infrastructure projects in some provinces and ban casual spending by regional officials,' Mr Cheng said.
Agreeing with other NPC delegates, Li Yining, vice-chairman of the NPC's Law Committee, said from Beijing yesterday he believed controversial discussions would focus on vetting several draft laws, including the Central Bank Law and the Education Law.
Hong Kong delegate Liu Yiu-chu said the passage of these important laws would slightly adjust the balance of power between the legislature and the State Council.