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Control Yuan to probe GIO over Kuo

‘COVER-UP’? Control Yuan member Chien Lin Whei-jun registered her intention to investigate the case involving a Web log with articles containing offensive remarks

By Shih Hsiu-chuan AND Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTERS

Lin said Kuo was a “butcher” who had sabotaged ethnic harmony in Taiwan, adding that the commission should mete out severe punishment and the Control Yuan should investigate.

Separately yesterday, Kuan said the GIO should suspend Kuo or fire him and warned that about 70 percent of officials who are referred to the commission for investigation escape punishment or receive only a slap on the wrist.

During a question-and-answer session with DPP legislators Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) and Su Chen-ching (蘇震清), Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) agreed with Huang and Su that although public officials enjoy freedom of speech, they should not publish remarks that insult the nation.

Liu said that the government disapproved of the remarks in the articles, but he believed the majority of the nation’s public officials did not think that way.

“If we can deal with the matter of Kuo properly, all of the nation’s public officials will see that we disapprove of [such remarks],” Liu said.

But Su described Kuo as “incompetent,” saying he did not deserve to earn a salary paid by taxpayers.

When approached by reporters, Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) said it was not his place to comment because Kuo was a GIO staffer, but that it was “inappropriate” for a person on the government payroll to harm the nation’s image.

Also yesterday, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) filed a treason lawsuit against Kuo at the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office.

TSU Deputy Secretary-General Liu Yi-teh (劉一德) said in front of the district prosecutors’ ­office that Kuo had enjoyed a high salary paid by Taiwan, yet published articles defaming Taiwan and the Taiwanese and provoking ethnic tensions in violation of the law.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅) said that according to government statistics, only 5.97 percent of public servants lost their posts after being referred to the commission. The DPP caucus would closely watch the probe into Kuo, Lee said.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY RICH CHANG

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