Mausoleum park proposed
Two DPP legislators have proposed that the mausoleums for the late presidents Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and his son Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) be turned into a historic park. DPP legislators Trong Chai (蔡同榮) and Lin Chin-hsing (林進興) said in a press release that they have proposed that the Ministry of National Defense hand over the management of the adjacent mausoleums in Fuhsing Township, Taoyuan County, to the Tourism Bureau. Lin said that if the bureau took over the mausoleums' management, it would boost tourism. They also suggested that a park be set up in Tahsi, Fuhsing Township and that the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall should be renamed
the Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall.
■ Labor affairs
New rules target employers
In view of the high abscon-sion rate of some foreign workers, the Council of Labor Affairs has decided
to target the employers for the lax management of
their workers, officials said yesterday. They made the announcement to encourage employers not to neglect their responsibilities, as
the number of foreign laborers running away has reached 8,000. The officials said the measure was put in place April 1 and is not retroactive. Under the new regulations, employers of maids or care-givers will not be allowed to recruit or extend contracts if they
are found to have had two workers run away in the
past two years. In the case of the manufacturing, con-struction and fishery sectors, and medical-care institu-tions, if the absconding
level reaches a certain point, the employers will not be allowed to recruit more laborers or extend existing contracts for two years.
Ministry issues reminder
Ministry of Economic Affairs officials urged Taiwanese business travelers to pay attention to new security measures adopted by US airports aimed at preventing terrorist attacks. The US National Transportation Safety Board has recently announced new regulations concerning airport security checks under which customs officials can inspect luggage without warning and can break open locks if neces-sary, although they will put notification of the inspection in the luggage afterward.
MOFA probes Vietnam death
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday it is handling the case of busi-nessman Hsieh Teh-chou (謝德州) who died in Vietnam. Chen Shih-liang (陳士良), deputy director of the ministry's Asian-Pacific Affairs Department, said Hsieh's family was told of
his death on Friday. "Our representative office in Ho Chi Minh City has asked Vietnamese authorities not to move Hsieh's body before the arrival of his family," Chen said. Initial reports showed that Hsieh lost contact with his family after he traveled to Cambodia last month. The family learned Wednesday that Hsieh had been arrested by police in Ho Chi Minh City for allegedly entering Vietnam without proper travel papers.
Praise from California
California Governor Gray Davis hailed Taiwan's economic achievement Friday and said his state should forge closer cooperative ties with the country. Davis made the remarks while meeting with two of Taiwan's represen-tatives stationed in his state after attending the 42nd California Prayer Breakfast.