The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) promised yesterday to restrict the types of work that former Taiwan government officials who have been out of office for three years or more may accept in China.
The MAC also vowed to impose stricter penalties on incumbent government officials who visit China and former officials who cross the Strait within the three-year period.
But a MAC official told the Taipei Times that whether to put the issue under the realm of criminal law is still under discussion.
"We are looking at all kinds of occupations in China and are going to establish a measure which will list each type of post," said Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), chairperson of the MAC. Tsai was responding to a question from PFP lawmaker Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠) about how the government intended to address the issue raised by a TSU lawmaker Tuesday of former government officials working in China illegally.
Tsai was attending a session of the Legislative Yuan's Home and Nations' Committee for the second consecutive day after the committee decided to ask her to return for legislators' questions following her routine outline of MAC policy to the committee on Wednesday.
Yesterday's session was dominated by the question of former government officials' ties to China, in the light of TSU legislator Liao Pen-yen's (
An official at the MAC who wished to remain anonymous told the Taipei Times yesterday that the MAC is still discussing the precise form that the new penalties will take, but said that they will be "more sophisticated" and "heavier."
The official added, "We are still discussing whether to make the offences criminal."
The existing regulations are a matter of administrative law, which means that transgressors, who can be fined between NT$100,000 and NT$500,000, do not get a criminal record.
Article 33 of the Statute Gov-erning the Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (
DPP legislator Chen Chi-mai (
Tsai said: "Soliciting business may amount to a violation of Article 33, but the MAC must investigate further and obtain evidence."
Ho His-Chun, a former director of the science park, is now an adviser to China's Changzhou and Haimen science parks.
Tung Hu, also a former director of the park, is currently an adviser to Shanghai's Zhangjiang Industrial Complex.