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FEATURE: Three new ministers tapped: sources

PROVEN QUALITIES:Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung has shown adaptability, calmness under fire and efficient teamwork with Lai during his time as Cabinet spokesman

By Lee Hsin-fang, Lin Chia-tung and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporters, with Staff writer

Tsai cared about his investigators, and would often bring snacks — paid for out of his pocket — to the office for investigators working overtime, the source said.

His familiarity with the prosecutorial system allowed him to facilitate matters when investigators had problems with district prosecutors’ offices, the source said.

Since he took over as director-general, the bureau has seized tonnes of narcotics, an achievement that won him praise from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Finance Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮) is believed to be the DPP’s first choice for minister of finance in the planned Cabinet reshuffle.

Su, who has a bachelor’s degree from Soochow University’s Department of Economics, and doctorates in economics from National Chung Hsing University and the University of Pennsylvania, has extensive research experience in the areas of economic theory, taxation and administrative policy.

Su taught finance at National Taiwan University and still engages in part-time teaching.

While most people know Su from his tenure as head of Taipei’s Department of Finance under Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), his more noteworthy contribution was as an adviser to the pan-green camp through his work at the Taiwan Brain Trust, the New Frontier Foundation and the Thinking Taiwan Foundation.

Su started working for Taipei in 2014, under strong recommendation from the pan-green camp, to help the city with its efforts to reduce its debt burden.

Su was appointed deputy minister of finance in 2015, after which he was often called on to act as the ministry’s spokesperson. He was also put in charge of the treasury and acted as executive secretary for the national defense fund.

Su has years of experience in taxation and local area finances, and has two years of experience managing government-owned shares.

Observers have said that Su differs from typical politicians in that he is an introvert, but also frank and approachable.

Those familiar with him have said that he resembles a teacher in his composure, and that he does not go against his principles.

Additional reporting by Wu Chia-jung, Jake Chung and William Hetherington, Staff reporter, with Staff writers

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