President Chen Shui-bian's (
Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (
Hsieh expressed dissatisfaction over the Presidential Office's reported plan to suspend the employment of paid advisers, including senior advisers and national policy advisers.
Cho said the measure was being considered in response to the legislature's resolution to freeze part of the Presidential Office's budget.
According to Article 15 of the Office of the President Organization Act (
Some lawmakers strongly urged the Presidential Office to comprehensively review the advisory system and change some of the salaried positions to unpaid ones.
"President Chen is considering taking a major step toward reforming the advisory system and hopes to get the public's full support, " Cho said, noting the president will also review advisers' qualifications to ensure they meet society's rigorous expectations.
Cho also said he will suggest that the president put forth a nomination for state public prosecutor general as soon as possible.