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Continue Kuo probe, outgoing Control Yuan member urges

By Lee Hsin-fang  /  Staff reporter

Former Toronto-based Government Information Office official Kuo Kuan-ying speaks at a meeting on Jan. 24 last year.

Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

Outgoing Control Yuan member Chien Lin Hui-chun (錢林慧君) yesterday urged her successors to take over an investigation into the controversial hiring of Kuo Kuan-ying (郭冠英) as foreign affairs secretary at the Taiwan Provincial Government.

Chien Lin said yesterday that the case should not be closed because of her departure from the Control Yuan on July 31.

The Taiwan Provincial Government in Nantou County was censured by the Control Yuan on July 3 over its recruitment of Kuo, as a result of a probe initiated by Chien Lin to correct what she said were “severely flawed” employee selection methods aimed at enabling Kuo to receive a monthly pension of NT$60,000 (US$2,000) when he retires.

Kuo had previously been an official at the now-defunct Government Information Office in Toronto, Canada, but was dismissed in 2009 for deriding ethnic Taiwanese in several articles published under his pseudonym, Fan Lan-chin (范蘭欽). As a result, he was disqualified from receiving his pension, estimated at about NT$4.65 million.

Under the Control Act (監察法), the provincial government is required to reply to the Control Yuan within two months on what measures it would take to address the flaws, but Chien Lin would by then no longer be in office.

Chien Lin said she would call a press conference to detail the findings of her investigation before she leaves office, to ratchet up pressure on President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

She added that new members of the next Control Yuan must get to the bottom of the case.

She said she has asked investigative officers at the Control Yuan to follow through on the case after the new Control Yuan is sworn in.

Following the Control Yuan’s censure, Minister Without Portfolio Lin Jung-tzer (林政則), who oversees the Taiwan Provincial Government, has promised to hold off paying Kuo’s pension until the Ministry of Civil Service looks into the matter.

The ministry has issued a letter to the provincial government on Tuesday last week demanding an explanation of the matter within two months.

Kuo assumed the position at the Taiwan Provincial Government in March, two weeks before he turned 65. His retirement takes effect today.

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