Prosecutors yesterday summoned former minister of transportation and communications Kuo Yao-chi (郭瑤琪) and 11 other government officials for questioning about their alleged involvement in a corruption scandal linked to the renovation of the National Palace Museum's main exhibition hall.
The Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau said Kuo approved a contract bid plan for the renovation work while serving as chairwoman of the Executive Yuan's Public Construction Commission (PCC) in March 2001.
It is suspected that the bidding process violated the Government Procurement Law (政府採購法), the bureau said.
The former vice chairman of the PCC, Chiang Yao-chung (
The interviews were still ongoing at press time.
The museum and the PCC are suspected of favoring architect Lo Hsien-hua (羅興華), who won part of the reconstruction project for the main exhibition hall.
Lo was released on bail last month by Shihlin prosecutors.
The museum's reconstruction project was launched under Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (
Renovation of the museum's main exhibition building began in 2002 and was finished last year.
The museum was allotted a budget of NT$600 million (US$18 million) after submitting its project proposal to the Legislative Yuan, but then altered more than 1,000 specifications in the reconstruction plans, bringing total construction costs to approximately NT$800 million, the bureau said.
The bureau said it had no comment on whether it would summon Tu for questioning.
Former museum director Shih Shou-chien (
In February the 42-year-old museum celebrated the reopening of its full exhibition area after its renovation.