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Newsmakers: Doubts surround Minister of the Interior pick

YOUNG AND GREEN Amid concerns that he is unqualified for the job, Yu Cheng-hsien insists that his appointment has nothing to do with his ties with the first family


"A local commissioner only needs to deal with local council members, but a minister has to deal with the Legislative Yuan, which is much more sophisticated," Liao said. "His second term in the county government didn't produce any remarkable achievements. His sense of policymaking probably needs to be strengthened."

Yu is from one of Kaohsiung County's three main factions, the Black Faction, which was established by his grandfather, Yu Deng-fa (余登發), four decades ago. Yu's older sister, Yu Lin-ya (余玲雅), is the vice chairperson of the Development and Evaluation Commission (研考會). His younger brother, Yu Jane-daw (余政道) and wife, Cheng Kuei-lien (鄭貴蓮), are both newly-elected DPP legislators.

Yu and his mother, Yu Chen Yueh-ying (余陳月瑛), a senior advisor to the president, administered the southern county for the past 16 years.

"It's not fair to link [his appointment] to the clan's efforts. We have tried very hard to erase that impression," Yu Jane-daw (余政道) said.

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