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Hsieh discusses salary collection incident on blog

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The latest article written and posted by former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) on his personal (Web log) blog revealed how he is still trying to adjust to life as a citizen again, but he also divulged his ambition to re-initiate his political career in the near future.

"There are so many things to do when you have to do them all by yourself," Hsieh said.

In the blog post, the former premier also mentioned that officials from the Executive Yuan had approached him and asked him to return seven-days worth of pay that he had received, totaling about NT$70,000, for the month of January because he left his position before the end of the month. Reading between the lines, it seemed that Hsieh was somewhat bitter about the Executive Yuan's move to ask him for the money back.

It is really a weird feeling to return to normal life. You have to pay your own taxi fees, buy tickets for flights, kill cockroaches at home, etc. You have to do everything yourself, he said in the entry.

"I was Kaohsiung mayor for six years and the premier for one. As a result, I have had many aides helping me out over the past seven years. All of a sudden, I have to take care of everything by myself and I have found out there are so many mundane things to take care of during daily life," Hsieh said.

The former premier said that he had also begun to appreciate the trappings of power from the first minute of his return to normal life. However, he also realized that a politician's power came from the people's trust.

"It's like a promise to serve the people when a politician is given such power," he said. "It's a good thing for a politician to become an everyday citizen again so he or she can be reminded of what he or she has promised the people."

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