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Lin Pin-kuan

Lin Pin-kuan

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Chairman of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union

15 June 2007
Chang Po-ya
Member of the Legislative Yuan

1 February 1996 - 31 January 2012
Yang Yao
ConstituencyPenghu County
Personal details
Born (1948-08-15) 15 August 1948 (age 71)
Kaohsiung County, Taiwan
NationalityTaiwanese
Political partyNon-Partisan Solidarity Union (since 2004)
Other political
affiliations
Kuomintang (until 2001)
Independent (2001-04)
Alma materNational Taiwan University
Occupationpolitician

Lin Pin-kuan or Peter Lin (Chinese: ; born 15 August 1948) is a Taiwanese politician. First elected to the Legislative Yuan as a member of the Kuomintang in 1995, he continued serving until 2012. In 2004, Lin switched affiliations to the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union, and became chairman of the NPSU in 2007.

Education and early career

Lin studied library science at National Taiwan University.[1] Prior to running for office, he worked in the construction industry.[2]

Political career

Lin served his first two full terms in the Legislative Yuan, representing Penghu County, as a member of the Kuomintang.[3][4] Lin left the Kuomintang in 2001,[5] and in December, won reelection as an independent. He joined the Kuomintang caucus upon taking office for his third term in 2002.[6] Later that year, Lin voted to confirm Yao Chia-wen as President of the Examination Yuan.[7] Shortly after his vote was cast in opposition to KMT caucus wishes, Lin defected to a caucus convened by independents.[8] In June 2004, Lin joined the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union.[9][10] Lin won reelection twice thereafter running under the NPSU banner.[11][12] In November 2010, Lin succeeded Kao Chin Su-mei as convenor of the legislature's Internal Administration Committee.[13] His 2012 legislative bid was unsuccessful.[14]

Political stances

Lin has long supported the establishment of casinos in Penghu County.[15][16] He stated in 2008 that the intention was not "to attract hardcore gamblers, but to develop casino resorts that will bring families."[17] In 2009, Lin said that his constituents had never discussed opposition to the building of casinos with him, blaming disapproval of the initiative on the Democratic Progressive Party and people from the main island of Taiwan.[18] The proposal was rejected by Penghu County residents via referendum in 2009.[19][20] In December 2010, Lin proposed an amendment to the Offshore Islands Development Act mandating that the government should provide a living stipend, along with funds for transportation so that students native to Taiwan's outlying islands could return home at the end of the school year.[21] To further ease travel for residents of the outlying islands, Lin moved to amend the Civil Aviation Act, so that travel via certain airports and islands received a larger subsidy.[22]

References

  1. ^ "Lin Pin-kuan (5)". Legislative Yuan. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Fell, Dafydd (2017). Taiwan's Social Movements Under Ma Ying-jeou: From the Wild Strawberries to the Sunflowers. Taylor & Francis. p. 58. ISBN 9781317198550.
  3. ^ "Lin Pin-kuan (3)". Legislative Yuan. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Lin Pin-kuan (4)". Legislative Yuan. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Lin, Chieh-yu (18 April 2001). "Lien rails at talk of a KMT schism". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Low, Stephanie (3 March 2002). "President willing to help independents form own caucus". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Low, Stephanie (22 June 2002). "KMT alleges foul play over Yao vote". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Hsu, Crystal (2 July 2002). "Independents try to form caucus". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Wu, Debby (12 December 2004). "Independents anticipate playing a crucial role in legislature". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Yiu, Cody (17 June 2004). "Legislator says new party should not be recognized". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Chiu, Chu-Tzu (12 December 2004). "Slight shifts in political geography". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Lu, Meggie (13 January 2008). "Legislative elections and referendums: Smaller parties suffer a setback". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Shih, Hsiao-kuang (31 October 2010). "Legislators scrap Diaoyutais tour". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Wang, Chris (20 December 2011). "2012 ELECTIONS: DPP sues Wu over Yu Chang remarks". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ Tsai, Ting-i (16 October 2001). "Offshore gambling measures score big among legislators". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ Ko, Shu-ling (19 May 2005). "Assembly, casino bills get the nod". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ Hazeldine, Richard (7 December 2008). "FEATURE: Penghu awaits casinos with mixed feelings". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan; Loa, Iok-sin (26 September 2009). "Casino activists stage last push". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ Shih, Hsiu-Chuan (29 September 2009). "ANALYSIS: Analysts say referendum highlights problems". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ Loa, Iok-sin (27 September 2009). "Residents of Penghu reject casino resort plan". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ Wang, Flora (29 December 2010). "Progress moving slowly on NHI premium reform". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ Ko, Shu-ling (13 December 2010). "Penghu residents protest during Ma visit". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2017.

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