Premier Yu Shyi-kun yesterday opted to keep his mouth shut yesterday after President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had insinuated that Yu's job is to focus on domestic affairs rather than on how to climb the political ladder. \n"Thank you for your concerns," Yu said to reporters after stumping for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative candidates Chuang Suo-han (莊碩漢) and Chang Ching-fang (張清芳) in Taipei County yesterday morning. Yu then swiftly left the scene without elaborating on the issue. \nResponding to a question fielded by a student at the Ketagalan Academy (凱達格蘭學校) on Saturday, President Chen said that the premier's job is to make the country a better place, but not to think about how to retain the post or move on to a better position. \n"The role the premier plays should be a defender of government policies," Chen said. "His job is to make people's lives better, not to think about how to move on to a better place." \nChen's remarks drew divided responses from political figures yesterday. Presidential Office Secretary-General Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who attended the same events shortly after Yu, did not dismiss the remark made by Chen. \n"The president's words meant well and the premier also did well in his job," he said. "I think the message the president wants to get across is that he hopes to see all Cabinet officials and party members concentrate on campaigning for DPP flag bearers for the December legislative elections." \nPresidential Office spokesman Chen Wen-tsung (陳文宗) said Chen's remark was not targeted at a particular person and called on the public not to misinterpret it. \nCabinet Spokesman Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said that the president was well aware of Yu's hard work. \n"The communication channels between the Executive Yuan and the Presidential Office have remained open and the president has been very supportive of the efforts the premier has made over the years," he said. \nChen Chi-mai blamed the media for twisting Chen's words and misinterpreting Yu's campaign efforts as expanding his personal support base. \nChen Chi-mai said that the purpose of Yu's stumping efforts is to tell the electorate about the predicament faced by the Executive Yuan in the legislature, where the ruling DPP does not enjoy a majority. \n"No one knows better than the Executive Yuan about how difficult it is to pass a bill in the legislature," he said. "The premier's campaigning endeavor has only one purpose and that is to tell the electorate about the difficulty and hope things could change after the elections." \nTaiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus whip Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) said that the president's remark was targeted at Yu. "While President Chen desperately wants to see the DPP win the legislative elections, he certainly hopes to see all party members exert themselves to reach that goal rather than taking advantage of the opportunity to beef up their own political status," he said. \nChinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said the president's comment was a signal marking the beginning of a sour relationship between President Chen and Yu. \n"His remark reflects only one thing and that is, high-ranking DPP officials think of nothing but power and position rather than the people's welfare," he said. \n"I suspect it's one of his political gambits to prevent himself from becoming a lame-duck president earlier than he expects," Wu added.
TOO TIRED: Investigators found that the pilot’s lack of alertness could be attributed to a lack of sleep the previous night, when he had slept with his child It was a copilot’s inappropriate operation of the aircraft and the pilot’s insufficient alertness that led to a hard landing of a China Airlines cargo flight on Dec. 13, 2018, the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board said yesterday. Flight CI6844, a Boeing 747-409 which departed from Hong Kong International Airport, landed on the pre-threshold area of runway L5 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, about 21m before the head of the runway, an investigation report said. The hard landing damaged three runway lights, but none of the personnel on board sustained any injuries, the report said. When approaching the runway, the copilot failed to maintain
DISTRUST WARRANTED? The WHO is under China’s control and has become a useless organization, while data from China cannot be trusted, a Control Yuan member said China’s demand that the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, not be referred to with names like the “Wuhan pneumonia” betrays its lack of confidence in itself, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) told lawmakers yesterday. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) asked Su, during a interpellation at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, for his view on China’s attempts to redeem its national image in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These included China’s efforts to “bleach” its image, including having WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus publicly praise its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, and thanking it for buying time
REPEAT OFFENDER: The man went outside for exercise on Wednesday and then left his home on Saturday with his girlfriend, officials said A New Taipei City man has been fined NT$400,000 (US$13,221) and ordered into government quarantine after breaking home quarantine for a second time on Saturday. The 25-year-old man, surnamed Chen (陳) returned to Taiwan on Sunday last week and was ordered to home quarantine until Sunday. He was seen leaving his home on a scooter with his girlfriend on Saturday, three days after he was fined NT$200,000 for going outside to exercise, police said. Chen has now been placed in a quarantine center arranged by the district office and health center of the district where he lives, police said. Police warned the public
Taipei residents who stay at hotels in the city during their 14-day mandatory quarantine period are eligible to apply for the city’s NT$7,000 subsidy, with online applications to be launched next week. Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) on Monday said Taipei residents who have COVID-19 Health Declaration and Home Quarantine Notice dated after March 19 and a quarantine hotel receipt for the dates covered by the quarantine period, would be eligible for the subsidy. The Taipei City Government on Sunday told the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) that so many city residents are under home quarantine that about 90 percent of