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Cabinet spokesman denies `twisted' housekeeper claims

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Cabinet yesterday denied reports that Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) had abused his privileges when he was the Taipei County commissioner by hiring additional housekeepers at the taxpayer's expense.

"The story in the newspaper is totally wrong," Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said on Su's behalf yesterday.

No Privileges

"Su never enjoyed any such privilege," Cheng told a press conference in response to a report in yesterday's Chinese-language China Times, which said that Su allegedly took advantage of public funds to hire three additional housekeepers to maintain his residence when he was Taipei County commissioner.

Two of the housekeepers retired when Su left the Taipei County Government, while the third still works for the Taipei County Government, county officials confirmed.

The report came amid allegations that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), a former Kaohsiung mayor, reportedly hired a relative as housekeeper for his mayoral residence and that the president improperly placed a domestic helper on the Presidential Office's payroll.

`Occasional help'

Cheng yesterday said that only one of the three housekeepers had been hired by Su. The other two were already Taipei County Government employees and they only came to work at Su's residence occasionally when additional help was needed.

"When Su left the position, the housekeeper who was hired by Su left with her boss. It was totally logical and reasonable," Cheng said.

"Su never wasted any public funds to hire additional housekeepers. The newspaper story was twisted and wrong," he said.

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