Government Information Office (GIO) Minister Pasuya Yao (
"I take full responsibility for the full-page newspaper advertisement that the GIO ran a couple of days ago," Yao said at a meeting of a legislative committee.
"But I admit that it was not appropriate for Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT] Chairman Ma's [Ying-jeou (
Yao was referring to the GIO's full-page advertisement defending the Cabinet's proposal for a national communication commission (NCC).
The ad said the proposed commission would be a neutral body and avoid politics.
The KMT insists that the commission's membership should be distributed among the political parties based on the number of seats they hold in the legislature.
The ad "requested" Ma's help in keeping the commission non-political, but many viewed the ad as insulting both Ma and the KMT.
"I am a government official who was appointed by the ruling party. I think it is quite natural for me to defend the ruling party's policies. There is nothing wrong with it," Yao said.
In addition to coming under fire over the advertisement, Yao was accused of being a slacker during President Chen Shui-bian's (
According to reports in the Chinese-language media, Yao invited one of the stewardesses on the presidential charter flight out for drinks during the visit to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and the drinking session went on late into the night.
The reports said that Yao made mistakes during his press briefings the following day and dozed off dozing during a press conference given by Chen -- actions the reports attributed to his night out.
People First Party Legislator Diane Lee (
Yao said Lee should not believe the rumors.
"I am embarrassed ... and I apologize," Yao said, in an apparent reference to being caught dozing off.
"As for the drinking part, I have said it many times before that the stewardess is the girlfriend of a good friend. We did not stay up all night, either," he said.
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