Tue, Apr 29, 2008 - Page 1 News List

Liu names major Cabinet posts

SURPRISE Ma defended the appointment of a former TSU legislator as MAC head, saying she would help find common ground with people who hadn’t voted for him

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former Taipei City Government Laws and Regulations director Cheng Ching-hsiu (陳清秀) was made head of the Central Personnel Administration and Chou Kung-hsin (周�?, chairwoman of the Graduate Institute of Museum Studies at Fu Jen Catholic University, will lead the National Palace Museum.

Former director of the Veterans Affairs Commission Kao Hua-chu (高華柱) will take charge of the commission again.

Tsai Chuen-horng (蔡春鴻), former president of National Tsing Hua University’s Nuclear Science and Technology Development Center, was appointed director of the Atomic Energy Council, while National Central University president Lee Lou-chuang (李羅權) will become director of the National Science Council.

Jiang Yi-hua (江宜樺), a political science professor at National Taiwan University, will take over the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, while Huang Pi-twan (黃碧端), former president of the Tainan National University of the Arts, was made director-general of the Council for Cultural Affairs.

Former deputy Taoyuan County commissioner Fan Liang-hsiu (范良鏽) will be in charge of the Public Construction Commission, while Tai Hsia-ling (戴遐齡), a professor of physical education, will lead the Sports Affairs Council.

KMT spokesman Huang Yu-chen (黃玉振) will become director of the Council for Hakka Affairs.

Liu said he had unveiled about 90 percent of the total Cabinet lineup, adding that the rest of the appointees will be made public in the next few days.

GIO minister-designate Shih had a short meeting with the press yesterday afternoon.

Shih has been working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1987 after passing the national diplomacy examination a year earlier.

She said she first met Ma two years ago as Taiwan’s deputy representative to Australia when she helped Ma arrange his schedule for a trip there.

“Maybe my performance at that time came to Ma’s attention and so [premier-designate] Liu asked me to take up the position [of GIO minister],” Shih said.

Shih, 46, once served as secretary to senior diplomat Ding Mao-shih (丁懋時) when Ding was Taiwan’s representative to the US and continued to work for Ding when he was secretary-general of the Presidential Office’s National Security Council.

Ding was entrusted to handle cross-strait and foreign affairs by former president Lee during his presidency.

Shih was transferred back to the ministry from Australia last year, serving as the deputy representative on home assignment. She was appointed as vice president of the ministry’s NGO Affairs Committee late last month, but she has yet to assume the position.

Asked to comment about Huang Yu-chen’s appointment at the Council for Hakka Affairs, Huang Tzu-yao (黃子堯), chairman of the Taiwan Hakka Association for Public Affairs, said “The appointment came as a surprise.”

“It’s not such a good idea to appoint a party official to that position,” he said. “Especially as Huang Yu-chen has no previous experiences in Hakka affairs, even though he is a Hakka — but not many people knew that either.”

However, Huang Tzu-yao said he hoped Huang Yu-chen could use his media and communications background to promote Hakka culture and help Ma push his Hakka policies.

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