Sat, Jan 27, 2007 - Page 3 News List

Justice Minister Shih decries corporate corruption

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Minister of Justice Morley Shih (施茂林) yesterday said that fighting corruption is a priority for law enforcement officers worldwide, and that corporate corruption cases are the most sinister forms of the malaise.

"Among all kinds of corruption cases, corporate corruption like the Rebar Asia Pacific Group case impacts on our society the hardest," Shih said.

"Many innocent lives were turned upside down just because some people stole money from companies. We cannot tolerate this," Shih said.

Shih was attending a seminar with foreign law enforcement officers, government officials and university professors, from Singapore, South Korea, Australia and Malaysia.

He made the remarks when he was approached by reporters at the seminar.

The minister said that, because of the seminar, he realized that fighting corruption is a focus for many other foreign law enforcement officers.

He said that Taiwan is learning from the experience of Singapore and South Korea and has begun amending its laws.

The minister said that lawmakers have suggested making new laws to punish government officials if they possess any personal assets which they cannot clearly explain.

"There are always allegations that government officials could be involved whenever there is a corporate corruption case," the minister said.

"In addition to focusing our crackdown on corporate corruption cases, making sure that government officials are clean is also very important," Shih said.

Shih said that he also took advantage of the chance to talk to his foreign counterparts and demonstrate that Taiwan was more than willing to contribute and share its experience in cracking down on corruption.

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