Fri, Apr 13, 2007 - Page 4 News List

KMT lawmaker accuses premier of hiring offense

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

After two government officials were suspended for hiring family members to be their personal drivers, Premier Su Tsang-chang (蘇貞昌) was accused by a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker yesterday of committing the same sin.

KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) called a press conference accusing Su of hiring his wife's sister, Chang Chan Tsui-hsia (張詹翠霞), who has no qualifications from public officials in Taipei County Government, when Su was commissioner of the county.

On Monday, the Cabinet decided to suspend Wu Chung-chi (吳忠吉) and Liu Kung-chung (劉孔中), two members of the National Communications Commission (NCC), after finding they had both hired family members as their personal drivers, violating regulations.

Article 26 of the Civil Service Employment Act (公務人員任用法) bans government officials from hiring relatives within the "third degree of kinship."

"If it's illegal that Liu hired his brother-in-law as his driver and Wu hired his son as his driver, Su also broke the law by hiring his sister-in-law as government employees," Wu said.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) told a press conference that Wu "got the facts wrong."

Huang said Chang Chan Tsui-hsia is within the "fourth degree of kinship" rather than the "third degree of kinship" because she is a cousin and not a direct sister of Su's wife Chan Hsiu-ling (詹秀齡).

Su denied the allegation when he was asked for a response.

Hiring Chang Chan was totally legal, Su said, adding that she is still working at the Taipei County government and was recently promoted by the current County Commissioner, Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) of the KMT.

"It is not difficult to tell whether my decision for hiring her is a correct decision or not," Su said.

additional reporting by Jimmy Chuang

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