Chen nominates audit chief
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday nominated Vice Auditor-General Lin Ching-lung (林慶隆) to head the Ministry of Audit, pending confirmation by the legislature. The Presidential Office said Chen assigned First Bureau Chief Yeh Wei-chuan (葉維銓) to deliver the request letter to the legislature yesterday afternoon. The letter was accepted by the legislature's secretariat. The confirmation requires the consent of a simple majority of the legislature.
Acer founder is APEC envoy
Acer Group founder Stan Shih (施振榮) has been tapped by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) as his special envoy to the APEC summit in Australia next month, the Presidential Office said in a press release last night. Shih's achievements in the computer sector have helped Taiwan find a niche in global technology, which qualifies him to represent Taiwan, the statement said. Shih built up his own brand name, Acer, and sold it to the world, increasing Taiwan's international visibility, the statement said. Shih was selected by Time as a "Hero of Asia" last year and was on Business Week's "Stars of Asia" list in 2004.
First daughter returns home
First daughter Chen Hsing-yu (陳幸妤) has moved to her parents' official residence and now lives separately from her husband, who has been practicing medicine in the south since March, the Chinese-language Next Magazine reported. Chen refused to comment when approached by reporters yesterday as her bodyguards engaged in physical confrontations with TV cameramen outside her dental clinic. The latest issue of Next, which hit the newsstand yesterday, alleged that Chen began living with her parents about one or two weeks ago at the request of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁). The report claimed the president was worried about his daughter's state of mind.
UK company to tap market
A UK-based helicopter company is looking to expand its business in Taiwan as the country slowly opens up its civil and corporate aviation market. AgustaWestland, which specializes in helicopters and related training, has tendered a bid for the National Airborne Service Corps' procurement of 12 helicopters to be used for search and rescue, disaster relief and emergency medical services. AgustaWestland sees Taiwan as a market with tremendous potential, although the expansion will be slow and steady, said Andrew Symonds, vice general manager of the company's sales in North Asia.
EMG pans Arena decision
The scandal-ridden Eastern Multimedia Group (EMG) yesterday protested the Taipei City Government's decision to annul the company's contract to run the Taipei Arena, threatening to file a lawsuit against the city for unilaterally ending the contract. "It's illegal for the city government to annul the contract before the verdict of the first trial is announced," EMG general manager Lin Ker-mo (林克謨) said at a press conference yesterday at the arena. The city government announced on Tuesday it would annul the contract with EMG to run the Taipei Arena after EMG chairman Gary Wang (王令麟) was indicted on Monday for allegedly bribing city government officials to win the nine-year contract.