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Netizens heap scorn on new ministry’s Web site

Staff writer, with CNA

The home page of the new Ministry of Science and Technology’s Web site (most.gov.tw), which some critics called crude, is shown in a screenshot taken on Monday.

Screenshot: Ministry of Science and Technology Web site

The nation’s news organizations have adopted a new term in recent months to describe something, especially in the public sector, that is not up to par.

The term diao qi (掉漆) — literally, “the paint is peeling” — has gradually replaced the term: “The screws are coming loose.”

A minor episode received prominent treatment in some local media yesterday as “diao qi.”

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the newly established Ministry of Science and Technology, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said he hoped the new ministry would increase the nation’s strength through innovation.

However, when netizens looked at the new ministry’s Web site to get information, they were greeted by a page with a fireworks motif celebrating the ministry’s “birth.”

Many were shocked at the page’s primitive design and posted disparaging comments on social network sites, including: “So much for Taiwan’s technological prowess.”

Many netizens criticized the design of the celebratory page as “crude and of low aesthetic value,” with one asking: “Was this the homework of a middle-school student?”

Even worse, much of the information on the Web site was not up to date.

When members of the press tried to get a comment from the ministry at about noon yesterday, none of the three vice ministers knew which one of them was supposed to be the ministry’s spokesman.

After they sorted that out, Vice Minister of Science and Technology Lin Yi-bing (林一平) said the special Web page, designed by staff members, was “relatively simple because of the short time in which the work was done.”

“The ministry humbly accepts the criticism of Internet users” and will make corrections accordingly, Lin said.

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