Wed, Aug 14, 2002 - Page 3 News List

TSU head faces nepotism charge

POISON-PEN LETTER The chairman is accused in a letter to each of the TSU's lawmakers of letting his son's business make use of connections to the party

By Lin Mei-chun  /  STAFF REPORTER

TSU Chairman Huang Chu-wen (黃主文) was accused yesterday of nepotism for letting his son make use of his connections to the party to solicit business for his company.

The allegations were made in a letter sent last week to the party's headquarters and to all TSU lawmakers by an unidentified source, who dubbed themselves "a group of reformers who love Taiwan."

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), the party's spiritual leader, has reportedly been informed of the matter and has reminded the chairman "to be clear about the party's finances."

According to the letter, the party's finances have not been made transparent since Chang Ching-teh (張清德) left the post last December, as Huang's secretary has been in control of the related businesses.

Huang Shih-chuo (黃適卓) -- the chairman's son who serves as the party's adviser and who is a co-owner of a consultancy -- has been said to have taken advantage of his connections to the party to solicit business for his company. Most of the TSU's campaign literature and memorabilia have been produced by his firm.

The letter indicated that money was wired directly to the younger Huang's account from the chairman, with no detailed expenses made public.

The letter also said that Huang Shih-chuo used the TSU's name to raise funds even though he officially has nothing to do with the party and did not declare the funds he had raised.

The letter also asserted that to pave the way for Huang Shih-chuo to run in the next legislative elections, the chairman appointed his wife, Huang Shu-ying (黃淑英,) to head the association of "the friends of Lee Teng-hui" in Taoyuan.

"Huang has treated the TSU as his private enterprise," the letter said.

TSU lawmakers were not willing to comment on the letter yesterday.

While some said privately that they believe in the integrity of their chairman, others said they have expressed their disapproval about the alleged misconduct.

TSU Secretary-General Lin Jih-chia (林志嘉) said the party would not comment on the issue because he said making accusations by means of an anonymous letter is irresponsible.

Sources said Lee was aware of the matter when he said the party has to work to "put the financial condition of the party back on track" in his address at the TSU's one-year anniversary celebrations.

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