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China Times: The message behind the poll

China Times: The message behind the poll

Taiwan editorial abstract: (File 4 of a daily roundup) A recent poll about Cabinet officials found that up to 82 percent of those polled could not even name one minister without prompting and even after prompting, up to 52 percent still could not name so much as a single Cabinet official.
Why are these powerful officials, whose businesses and policies have a direct influence on the public, so unknown to most people? Lack of charisma, inability or reluctance to defend policy could all be reasons, although there are other factors over which they have no control.
First, a gap between the various government agencies and the needs of society they are supposed to serve is too wide. For example, former Legislator Kao Su-po is the son of former Taiwan Provincial Assembly Speaker Kao Yu-jen and an in-law of Vice Premier Eric Liluan Chu, but even so, the public has difficulty associating him with his position as head of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.
Second, the business of some government agencies is irrelevant to the public. For example, the head of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, which is in charge of national land and planning, may be easily overlooked by most people.
Third, the frequent changes of Cabinet officials might make it difficult to keep track of who is who.
In addition to the above factors and the personal qualities of the officials, what is more worrisome is that the public might simply not care about public affairs.
One should never overlook the issue. A society that lacks public discussion on politics and policy will find it difficult to upgrade its political culture, and this is not healthy.
(By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-06-22 10:18 GMT+08:00