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ANALYSIS: Appointment of ‘Teacher Mao’ not such a big surprise

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

“[The person] must have the ability to think from a macro-structure and compose government policies,” Jiang said. “He must also be able to communicate and defend the government’s policies. These are factors we have used to choose the Cabinet members. It does not matter who thought about them or recommended them in the first place. What matters is that they can work efficiently in their new positions.”

Transportation experts lauded the appointments of three former transportation officials saying that they have the ability to thrive.

“Transportation is the foundation for industrial development,” said Jason Chang (張學孔), civil engineering professor at National Taiwan University. “Apart from construction, transportation studies also involve economic effects and financial planning. Mao has expertise in transportation, construction and business management through his previous experience ranging from MOTC minister to Chunghwa Telecom chairman. He was also heavily involved the creation of the Act for Promotion of Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects (促進民間參與公共建設法).”

Jason Chang said that the three officials are known for their integrity and idealism, adding their backgrounds may enable them to think differently to typical technocrats.

Feng Chia University professor Lee Ke-tsung (李克聰) said that both Mao and Chang Chia-juch were chairmen of state-run firms, and not completely ignorant of economic and financial affairs.

“The late premier Sun Yun-suan (孫運璿) was also an engineer. He was president of Taiwan Power Co and eventually became a capable and popular premier,” Lee said, citing Sun as an example of how people with engineering backgrounds can excel at the Executive Yuan.

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