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Sean Lien denies planning to resign from EasyCard

By Mo Yan-chih and Vincent Y. Chao  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei EasyCard Corp chairman Sean Lien (連勝文) yesterday denied he planned to resign because of health problems, instead promising to continue efforts to improve the company’s performance.

“I have finished only 90 percent of my job and I will stay in my position until it is completed,” Lien said during a question-and-answer session at Taipei City Council.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) appointed Lien in August 2008 to lead the company, amid concern about Lien using the position to pave the way for a political career.


Lien had promised to leave the company after making the EasyCard an electronic wallet and helping the loss-making company turn a profit.

Speculation about Lien resigning came because the company is scheduled to present a financial report showing that its debt has been wiped out, while the EasyCard will begin to formally function as an electronic cash card next week.

The Chinese-language China Times reported that Lien would tender his resignation next month because of health issues, as he wants to take time off following an operation to remove a tumor from his kidney last year.

Lien denied he was planning to leave the company next month and said he would work harder to improve the company’s service and to address several issues regarding the EasyCard.


Hau yesterday endorsed Lien’s position and said he was confident of Lien’s ability to lead the company and improve its performance.

The legislature passed the Act on Issuance and Management of Electronic Monetary Cards (電子票證發行管理條例) last year and the EasyCard will be able to be used as an electronic wallet at convenience stores and several bakeries and cafes starting next Thursday.

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