Tue, Feb 04, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Take a glimpse into the government's living room

There are worse places to be a fly on the wall. The Executive Yuan's abode, completed in 1940 and known for its simple design, has been home to 12 premiers and is now open to the public every Friday

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Describing Yu Kuo-hwa as sincere and tacit, Ho said Yu was someone who liked to take care of every detail personally.

Lee was a workaholic and Hao was a very impatient man.

"I remember one time I didn't finish proofreading a report for the premier [Hao], who would deliver the report at the legislature at 5 o'clock in the morning. While I was in bed taking a nap, I got a phone call from him at 7am telling me to bring him five copies of that report at eight," Ho said.

Lien, on the other hand, was a nice and honest person, Ho said.

"Some media portray him as being full of pride, but,on the contrary, he's very friendly and easy to talk to," Ho said.

Lien's successor Siew, Ho said, was a typical bureaucrat who was conservative and cared too much about what people thought of him.

A consultant who has been working at the GIO for 27 years expressed a different opinion.

"I thought he [Siew] was an ambitious person who was scrupulous in separating public from private interests," said the consultant, who asked not to be named.

She said Tang, who was a soldier before becoming premier, was surprisingly gentle and mild-tempered.

As for the incumbent premier, Yu Shyi-kun, she shook her head and went on the offensive.

"He totally disappoints me," she said. "I thought he would have managed the country as well as he did when he was the Ilan County commissioner, but unfortunately it's not the case. He's the worst premier I've ever seen and some of the rules he set down just don't make any sense."

She cited the examples of Yu setting the ceiling of a banquet for civil servants at NT$6,000 per table and banning civil servants from sending flowers as gifts.

"Obviously, he doesn't think before he talks," she said.

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