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[LETTERS]

KMT, get your priorities right

Let me see if I understand this correctly. Under the KMT’s watch, Taiwan’s unemployment rate is skyrocketing, GDP is in a free fall, exports are at their lowest in decades and people are increasingly concerned about losing their jobs and feel insecure about their future — yet Kaohsiung City Councilor Wang Ling-chiao (王齡嬌) of the KMT can find nothing better to do than collect signatures for a petition asking that the son of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) not be allowed to live in Kaohsiung.

I am sure there are rapists and child molesters living in southern Taiwan, yet no one is seeking to force them to change their city of residence.

The KMT does a great job of shifting attention away from how horribly it runs the country and onto the former president and his family.

Hopefully Taiwanese are smart enough to see through these tricks but I don’t hold out much hope based on the KMT supporters that I know.

Maybe we should start a petition asking that Wang leave the country. Let me know where and when to sign up for that.

CHRISTOPHER CASAS

Taipei

Kuan needs to get to work

We are told that Examination Yuan President John Kuan (關中) “renewed a proposal to reform the civil service by weeding out poorly performing employees” (“Civil servant pay won’t be cut,” Feb. 21, page 3). This is typical gibberish from government officials.

This is not the beginning of a program to get rid of incompetent personnel, it is just a proposal. Even worse, the fact that it is being “renewed” means that it has existed for a while without being implemented.

The fact that it is being renewed does not signify that it will be passed, enacted or enforced. Actually, it suggests that once again, nothing will be done. We are also told that incompetent civil servants will not suffer any pay cuts “in the current economic climate.” May I humbly enquire: “Why not?”

Why are we protecting incompetents and their incompetent political masters, who hired them, retained them and can’t get rid of them? Does this make sense to the government?

Kuan assures us that providing “a stable livelihood for government employees allowed them to perform their duties without worry.”

If they are competent, why should they worry? If they are incompetent, shouldn’t they worry rather than continue to provide subpar services?

Outside of government, incompetents worry, and rightly so. Many competent people have lost their jobs in the real world.

Kuan does not explain his logic, because he can’t. Is he suggesting that there is such widespread incompetence that it would really “threaten social stability”? This is fearmongering at its worst, or an admission of colossal failure on the part of the government.

Kuan wants a year to draw up an amendment to submit to the legislature for consideration, where it could take another year or longer to be enacted, if it is ever enacted.

Kuan said that 99 percent of government employees received an A or B rating, .02 got a C and in all of Taiwan, only five got a D rating. This is very sad yet also humorous.

He had to admit that “their reputation among the public is obviously not as good” and “the evaluation system is not serving its true purpose.”

Obviously. So who created the system and whose responsibility is it? Why hasn’t it been changed? Was it Kuan’s responsibility? Did he also receive an A rating?

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