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CPC chairman probed over alleged corruption

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

CPC Corp, Taiwan, chairman Chu Shao-hua speaks to reporters on April 19.

Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Chu Shao-hua (朱少華), chairman of state-run oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC), is being investigated for corruption by the Agency Against Corruption over a suspicious relationship with a private contractor, the agency said yesterday.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) on April 12 told Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-hsiang (施顏祥) in a legislative meeting that when Chu had served as director of a CPA Talin refinery in 2002, he and his wife went on a tour to Singapore with Tseng Jo-he (曾若荷), a Kaohsiung-based contractor.

With Chu’s help, Tseng won a contract for an oil leak monitoring system worth US$400,000 in 2006, when Chu was CPC deputy general manager, Lin alleged.

However Tseng only spent US$150,000 procuring the system from a US company and made a large profit on the deal, Lin said.

Lin said Chu’s role was very suspicious and asked that Shih launch an investigation.

Furthermore, in 2005, Chu wrote a letter of recommendation to one of CPC’s overseas contractors in support of Tseng’s company, Lin said.

The Chinese-language Next Magazine reported yesterday that because of the allegations surrounding Chu, the ministry had requested that Chu retire next month, while the ministry’s Civil Service Ethics Committee has referred Chu to the anti-corruption agency for criminal investigation.

The agency confirmed yesterday that Chu was being investigated.

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