Mosque seeks forbearance
Taipei’s Grand Mosque on Monday, the first day of the Islamic festival of Ramadan, expressed the hope that employers and company executives would make it easier for Muslim workers to observe the month of fasting and other rituals. Mosque chairman Feng Tung-yu (馮同瑜) quoted Imam Ibrahim Chao (趙錫麟) as saying that Ramadan began on Monday and runs through July 6 or July 7, when Muslims around the world celebrate the breaking of the fast, or Eid al-Fitr, for the Muslim year 1437. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from food from dawn to dusk, or from about 3:30am to 6:30pm, until Eid al-Fitr. Feng called on families and companies that employ Muslim workers to help them observe the festival, focus on prayer and scripture reading, and attend Eid al-Fitr activities.
Doctors’ hours mulled
The government is planning to include doctors in the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法) within four years, Minister of Health and Welfare Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) said. Lin made the statement on Monday at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Social Welfare, Health and Environment Committee, in which all participants expressed support for the idea of including doctors under working hours regulations. Doctors do not have fixed work hours and work according to a responsibility system, in which they can only go off duty after completing their work, leading some to complain about long hours. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Arthur Chen (陳宜民) said that if doctors cannot be included in the act immediately, the maximum work hours per week of resident doctors should be reduced from 88 hours to 80 hours and the maximum consecutive on-duty time cut from 36 hours to 24 hours.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,