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DPP lawmaker calls for Kuo's resignation

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker yesterday called on Minister of Transportation and Communications Kuo Yao-chi (郭瑤琪) to resign, a day after reducing her to a sobbing wreck on the legislative floor through accusations of incompetence.

"I hereby strongly demand that Kuo step down, because her performance shows she is not capable of holding the post!" DPP Legislator Wang Shih-cheng (王世堅) screamed. "She should take pity on the DPP!"

Wang made his remarks during a press conference at the legislature yesterday, after complaining about Kuo's performance on Monday. The sharp questioning and criticism from Wang and another lawmaker left Kuo in tears.

Wang's criticism on Monday centered around delays in the construction of the Wurih Railway Station and the Hsiahsinkang Creek Bridge. Yesterday, he described Kuo as being a "chameleon" ever since she took her oath of office.

"Wurih Station, for example: Kuo has asked to increase the budget six times. But where is the progress that has been made with the money? I haven't seen any," Wang said yesterday.

"These two construction projects have been seriously delayed. I told Kuo three weeks ago that she should have some solutions for this when she came to the legislature [on Monday]," Wang said.

In response to Wang's comments, Kuo said, "I will sincerely take into consideration whatever is said by any legislator."

But not everyone in the DPP was happy to see Wang out for Kuo's blood. Caucus whip Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻) told Wang to stop giving Kuo a hard time.

"We must encourage our own DPP officials, instead of continually embarrassing them in public," Chen said.?

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