Sat, Nov 03, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Communications watchdog confirms controversial member stepped down

By Lee I-chia and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters

The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday confirmed the resignation of commissioner Chen Yuan-ling (陳元玲).

The commission yesterday announced on its official Web site that “due to personal reasons, NCC commissioner Chen Yuan-ling has proposed to resign from her post.”

“Although the premier attempted to persuade her to stay, she showed a firm determination on her decision. Her resignation was approved [by the Executive Yuan] on Oct. 31,” the NCC said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The NCC, the national watchdog of the communications and information industry, has a total of seven commissioners, including the chairperson, and the deputy chairperson and the new commissioners had only taken office on Aug. 1 this year.

The approval process of the Executive Yuan’s nomination of Chen as an NCC commissioner in May met several setbacks in the Legislative Yuan, including questions about her work experience, her experience of managing a private equity fund and stakes in a holding firm headed her husband.

She barely passed the legislature’s approval, gaining the most negative votes from among the nominated commissioners in July.

NCC deputy chairperson and spokesperson Yu Hsiao-cheng (虞孝成) yesterday said Chen resigned from her post because of family matters — her mother had been in a car accident and needed long-term care and she had found it difficult to combine her family responsibilities with her duties as a commissioner.

On the legislative floor yesterday, Premier Sean Chen (陳?) said he approved Chen Yuan-ling’s resignation after he failed to persuade her to stay.

During a question-and-answer session, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said that the premier should apologize for nominating Chen Yuan-ling as well as speaking in her defense when the nomination garnered hefty criticism from lawmakers.

In response, Sean Chen said he did not think his decision to nominate Chen Yuan-ling was wrong, saying: “She was a very good fit. She has resigned for personal reasons.”

Tsai said he suspected the real reason behind Chen Yuan-ling’s resignation was not that straightforward.

“Her nomination was a failure of the Executive Yuan to vet a NCC member,” Tsai said.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said the case shows why the Executive Yuan must be cautious with its appointments.

“The Executive Yuan has to reflect on this case. I hope it will never happen again,” Wu said.

People First Party Legislator Thomas Lee (李桐豪) said the Executive Yuan should have withdrawn its nomination of Chen Yuan-ling as soon as it caused a stir.

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