An association yesterday paid tribute to former minister of justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南), remembering him as a model politician.
Chen died of lung cancer in National Taiwan University Hospital on Nov. 5 last year and the Chen Ding-nan Foundation held a series of activities to commemorate him in the run up to the first anniversary of his death.
Former minister without portfolio Lin Sheng-feng (林盛豐) told yesterday's conference that public construction projects are often criticized for their bad quality and having involved bribery, but Chen managed to maintain extremely high standards during his two terms as Ilan County commissioner from 1981 to 1989.
Lin said Chen's choice of a clean and professional government team, his diligence in learning the details of all construction proposals, his habit of convening meetings on construction proposals to discuss the projects and his strict supervision contributed to the high quality of public construction work in Ilan County during his tenure.
He said because Chen stayed away from corruption, kickbacks, or factional interests, he was able to govern the county well.
Lee Min-yung (
Lee said Chen was a man who demonstrated honesty, integrity and prudence.
The Chen Ding-nan Foundation on Thursday also released a biography of Chen entitled An Official with an Esteemed Personality.
The association also proposed building a memorial hall for Chen in his hometown of Ilan.
Dubbed "Mr Clean" by the media, Chen established the Black Gold Investigation Center under the Taiwan High Court Prosecutors' Office to fight serious corruption immediately upon assuming his post as minister in 2000.
Chen received a bachelor's degree in law from National Taiwan University in 1966.
After graduating he ran various businesses until his political career officially began when he was first elected Ilan County commissioner in 1981.
He occupied this position for two terms, until 1989.
Chen's political involvement went back to his connections with the dangwai movement, the forerunner of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Many of those involved in the Kaohsiung Incident in 1979 were Chen's high school or college friends.
CLEAR BEFORE LEAVING: Two baby boys and a woman in her 30s tested negative before departing for Japan, but tests taken after their arrival came back postive Three Taiwanese tested positive for COVID-19 when they arrived in Japan earlier this month, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a new imported case. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), head of the center, said that one of the three cases in Japan is a Taiwanese baby under the age of one, whose parents work in Japan. The infant came to Taiwan with his parents in January, and the parents paid for the family’s COVID-19 tests on Oct. 10 ahead of their planned return to Japan on Monday last week, he said. The boy and his
‘BACKED BY ENEMY’: CTi News is one of the few channels promoting unification, the New Party chairman said, while pro-Taiwan groups called it a propaganda outlet Pan-blue camp supporters yesterday lodged a protest at the National Communications Commission (NCC) against what they say is a possible move by the government to shut down CTi News, adding that politics should not interfere with freedom of the press. Protesters included representatives from the New Party, the Blue Sky Action Alliance, the 333 Political Party Alliance and other pan-blue groups. “We stand here today because CTi News is one of the few media outlets in Taiwan that is still willing to give groups supporting unification with China a voice. If the news channel is gone, there would only be
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Examples from South Korea and Japan show that 15 local COVID-19 infections could emerge in a short period if measures are not taken The Taipei City Government would cancel its New Year’s Eve Party and all large events if 15 or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are reported in the city within a week, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday. Addressing the Taipei Cross Border E-Commerce Annual Convention, Ko said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many uncertainties to society, and that e-commerce is on a path of no return and would continue to grow. Many countries have not effectively controlled their COVID-19 outbreaks, and although Taiwan implements strict border controls and there have been few inbound passengers, the pandemic is unlikely to end soon,
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday accused CTi News of trying to mislead the public by publishing a half-page advert claiming that the party interfered in the National Communications Commission’s (NCC) review of its application for a license renewal. CTi News is distorting the commission’s review process by painting it as a political conflict and turning it into a smear campaign against the DPP, party spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳) said. “The NCC is an independent body, which carries out reviews and makes decisions based on its members’ professional expertise, as well as regulations and legal requirements governing media operations,” Yen said. “We condemn