CLA probes doctor’s death
The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) yesterday launched an investigation into the sudden death of a doctor in Greater Kaohsiung, who may have died from overwork. The Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital doctor, surnamed Lin (林), was found in a coma in his dormitory room on Thursday morning. He was declared dead after being rushed to an emergency room at Chang Gung for resuscitation. He was 31 years old. Lin’s family suspected that he died from overwork because of his habitual overtime and tight work schedule. However, the hospital said Lin could not have died from overwork because he had been assigned a normal workload. The council also said it had launched in March a mechanism for investigating suspected cases of death from overwork. As of July 31, the council had completed investigations into 22 cases, with seven confirmed as sudden death from overwork.
Lovers’ Day events planned
Changhua County officials said it will launch a series of events to celebrate Chinese Lovers’ Day, which falls today. Chuang Jen-shun (莊仁舜), chief of Tianwei Township (田尾), said his office will decorate the verge of a main road in Tianwei with flowers and will organize a love song duet contest. The township office will also hold a “World War II kiss” contest, in which couples will imitate Life magazine’s famous World War II “Victory Kiss” and have their photograph taken, with prizes awarded to 10 of the couples. In Changhua City, singers and dancers are scheduled to perform at an event held by the city office. Changhua Mayor Chiu Chien-fu (邱建富) said the first 100 couples to arrive at the event will get their photos taken, which will then be printed on special commemorative mugs.
Smuggling ring broken up
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) reported on Thursday that it had broken up an international people-smuggling ring with help from immigration agencies in the UK and Thailand. Five ring members were arrested in Taoyuan on Thursday as the result of an investigation that started after authorities received information that a man was helping to smuggle Chinese people to the UK through an airport in Thailand. The ring was active in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Malaysia and the UK and made between US$50,000 to US$70,000 per person, and took in more than US$687,995 in total, the agency said. According to the agency, the ring recruited employees through online job banks, posted advertisements in newspapers to buy passports for alteration and even wrote manuals for the illegal travelers, teaching them how to catch connecting flights and memorize the information in their fake passports.
Customs officials probed
The Keelung Customs Office director and six customs officials were yesterday placed under investigation on suspicion of profiteering. Kaohsiung prosecutors yesterday led agents from the Ministry of Justice’s Investigation Bureau and the Agency Against Corruption to raid the offices and residences of customs director Tsai Chiu-chi (蔡秋吉) and six other officials. The seven were still being questioned by investigators at press time. Investigators said Tsai enjoyed a close relationship with Tonglit Logistics Co and was suspected of helping the company import restricted and banned items into the country. They said they also suspected Tsai and the other officials of helping Co-tech Copper Foil Co import restricted copper materials into the country.