Staff reshuffling begins in the Presidential Office

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Sep 18, 2013 - Page 3

KMT Culture and Communication Committee director Hsiao Hsu-tsen (蕭旭岑) confirmed yesterday that he will take over as Presidential Office deputy secretary-general on Oct. 1.

Research, Development and Evaluation Commission Vice Minister Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基), who had served as Presidential Office spokesman, is to fill Hsiao’s post.

Hsiao said he is to formally take over the post after the KMT’s 19th national congress on Sept. 29 and is to assist President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in promoting official policies upon assuming the new post.

Both Hsiao and Fan Chiang had worked as journalists, have deep knowledge about the media and public opinions, and will help the president communicate with the press, the KMT said.

The personnel reshuffle in the Presidential Office and the KMT came in the wake of the resignation of former Presidential Office deputy secretary-general Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) amid mounting speculation that allegations of illegal lobbying against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) were politically motivated.

When announcing his resignation, Lo said the lobbying case was just one of many reasons behind his resignation, which included personal reasons and his family.

As Ma’s close aide, he continued yesterday to defend Ma’s actions against Wang. On his Facebook page, Lo accused the legislative speaker of being unashamed over his “illegal lobbying actions,” indicating that he was ignoring the laws as the head of the legislative branch.

“He is announcing to the public that ‘I am the king: king of legislation, king of administration and now king of judiciary,’” he said.

He likened judicial justice to the air we breathe, and insisted on the importance of the government and the public to defend judicial justice.