I was talking to some Legislative staff people today. I suggested that the members of the foreign community who are happy with the new “Open Work Permit” regulations arrange for a time to personally visit Premier Yu Shyi-kun and thank him. After all, these are important steps in Taiwan’s movement toward liberalization and internationalization.
My own feeling is that I would like to get the Premier on board here, and open the channels of communication, so that (1) he is following what we are doing, (2) he will mention this to other people, and (3) he will be understanding and supportive when we move for further liberalization and internationalization in other areas.
The Legislative people I talked to suggested that we get 15 to 20 “representative foreigners”, and then they would try to set up a photo op with the Premier. So, I am asking for volunteers.
Ideally, the foreigners who accompany me will be people who are benefitting because of the new regulations. (You no doubt have seen the Employment Services Act, new Article 51 thread on this website. Also see my article in the CHINA POST “Prime Time” section, on Friday, April 12th.)
The point is to thank the Premier for his support. (After all, the Council of Labor Affairs is a part of the Executive Yuan.) Hence, I hope you will dress appropriately. We want to make a good impression! As I pointed out above, we have other liberalization measures we want to get pushed through in the future! We want the Premier to help us get the word out that Taiwan is moving forward, and becoming internationalized!
Qualifications: Ideal volunteers for this kind of photo op will be those foreigners who live in the greater Taipei area, and who have fairly flexible schedules. I assume that you are personally affected by the new ESA regulations, or have friends who are, or have some related interest.
Scheduling: I doubt that we will get much advance notice of when the meeting is. I suspect that when the date and time are finally set, we will have to move quickly. (My tentative plan is to meet at the entrance to the Lai Lai Hotel on Chung Hsiao East Road, Sec. 1, Taipei.)
If you will state your name, age, sex, nationality, city of residence in Taiwan, email address, and reason why you think you should be chosen to go, reason why you are “representative”, or whatever, etc. data in this thread, I will email you a form to fill out. Then you can FAX that to me and I will have your information on file.
I will want to get back to the Legislative Yuan next week with full data on 15 to 20 likely volunteer candidates.