The Legislative Yuan yesterday rejected a notice submitted by Taiwan Post Co informing the legislature of its name-change from Chunghwa Post in February.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and People First Party lawmakers dominated the meeting of the Transportation Committee yesterday and voted to adopt a proposal by KMT Legislator Tsao Erh-chung (曹爾忠) to discard the notice and advise the Cabinet to disallow the name change before the law regulating postal operations is revised.
The pan-blue legislators charged that Taiwan Post's action was unlawful and accused the company of deliberately ignoring the legislative system. They argued that regulations governing the transformation of the postal service from a government agency -- the Directorate General of Posts -- in 2003 into a state-run company stipulate that the company's name is Chunghwa Post.
Before the vote, Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Ho Nuan-hsien (
Taiwan's postal service was first named Taiwan Post Administration when it was founded in 1888 by Liu Ming-chuan (劉銘傳), the first governor of Taiwan appointed during the Qing Dynasty, Ho said.
Ho said the company's move to change its designation was made in compliance with the Company Law.
Besides, he said, no rights and interests of the company's employees and clients had been damaged by the name change, which is part of the government's drive to get rid of Chinese references in the titles of state-run businesses and add the word "Taiwan" to make them more easily identifiable with their country of origin.