Glitch delays trains
More than 6,000 commuters on Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) trains were late for work yesterday morning because of a faulty electrical wire between Cidu (七堵) and Sijhih (汐止). The nation’s largest railway service said the incident delayed 35 trains and forced it to cancel 10 rush hour commuter trains. Based on the TRA’s preliminary investigation, the incident was reported at 8:43am yesterday 200m north of Sijhih Station. By 11:30am, services resumed on both southbound and northbound lines.
NCC official questioned
Prosecutors yesterday questioned National Communications Commission (NCC) Secretary-General Wu Jia-huei (吳嘉輝) in connection with a bribery case. The Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office yesterday led officials from the Investigation Bureau to search the commission’s building, Wu’s home, the offices of King Mall Business Ltd and several other companies. They took Wu, two businessmen and three other witnesses in for questioning. Prosecutors alleged that Wu took more than NT$5 million (US$147,000) in bribes from companies that he was in charge of supervising from 2001 to 2007. Wu, who previously held posts at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Directorate General of Telecommunications Traffic and the Government Information Office, is suspected of taking bribes from businessmen surnamed Miu (繆) and Chao (趙).
Pingpu, lawmakers at odds
The Executive Yuan and Pingpu Aboriginal activists yesterday failed to reach an agreement on whether the government should grant official Aboriginal recognition to the Pingpus. The Pingpu — or plains Aborigines — are a group of Aboriginal tribes that once lived on the nation’s coastal flatlands. Most of them lost their ethnic identities and cultures over the past few hundred years because of close contact with the Han people. Some of them have launched a campaign to regain Aboriginal status, but the government has refused to grant them the status, saying they did not answer the government’s call to register their Aboriginal status in the 1950s and the 1960s.
Repatriated tourists return
The 38 Chinese visitors who were repatriated upon arrival in Taiwan on Saturday because they lacked valid entry permits re-entered Taiwan yesterday with the correct documentation via the small three links in Kinmen. Chiang Chi-duan (江志端), a division chief at the Tourism Bureau, denied the agency gave the group special treatment by finishing their applications within a day so they could enter the nation again.
Prosecutors raid jail
Shilin District prosecutors yesterday searched the Shilin Detention Center on suspicion that officers acted as “judicial scalpers.” Yan Nai-wei (顏迺偉), spokesperson of the Shilin District Prosecutors Office, said the office received a tip that officers had been taking bribes in exchange for favors at the detention center. Yan said that some detainees used medical reports indicating that they had cancer in order to be bailed out. These reports were later found to be forged by officers. After they searched the detention center, they brought in 13 officers, detainees and men serving alternative military service for questioning.