John Kuan slams ‘backward thinking’

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Jul 09, 2013 - Page 4

Examination Yuan President John Kuan (關中) yesterday described as “backward thinking” a proposal to punish government supervisors if their subordinates violated drunk driving rules.

Punishing managers would be a violation of democracy and human rights, Kuan said after visiting a hall being used for civil service examinations.

If the Executive Yuan proceeds with the proposal, “I will complain to the Control Yuan,” Kuan said, directing the comment at Control Yuan member Wu Feng-shan (吳豐山), who accompanied Kuan on the visit.

Wu agreed, saying the practice of punishing a supervisor for a subordinate’s behavior outside the workplace was a remnant of the authoritarian era, and not appropriate for a nation that now practices constitutional government.

The idea was raised during a recent meeting convened by the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration and several other government agencies on disciplining government workers found to have driven under the influence of alcohol.

According to the personnel administration, police and the military already have measures to punish superiors if their subordinates violate laws governing drunk driving, and it said other agencies could decide whether to apply the same measures.

Taiwan implemented one of the world’s toughest drunk driving standards last month.

Under the revised Criminal Code, motorists are subject to prosecution if they are caught with a breath alcohol content of 0.25mg per liter or higher, or a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent and above.

They can be fined for having a breath alcohol content of 0.15mg or higher.