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Talk of the Day -- News digest of local media -- KMT overhaul

Talk of the Day -- News digest of local media -- KMT overhaul

In a rare bold move, the century-old ruling Kuomintang will recruit a former online job bank executive to help it transform the aging party into an energetic election machine in three years' time.
While many observers hailed KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung's vision in recruiting an outsider to carry out the party's manpower planning and training programs, some KMT insiders said they were skeptical whether Ryan Wu could really help the party realize its reform goals.
The following are excerpts from local media coverage of the issues: United Daily News: King confirmed Saturday that Ryan Wu, a former senior executive of the online manpower agency 1111 Job Bank, has agreed to work for the party from Feb. 1.
After experiencing embarrassing defeats in a series of legislative by-elections, King said, the KMT decided to groom a new generation of politicians with close ties to grassroots communities.
King said he and Wu will soon begin a nationwide tour to recruit aspiring youths interested in politics to serve in the party's local chapters as part of a process to cultivate them for future public elections at county or national levels.
"Wu will help chart human resource development plans and come up with comprehensive training and incubation programs," King added.
The former job executive said he will introduce an entrepreneurial spirit and business-like management style into KMT operations in a bid to get rid of unfit or underperforming party workers while retaining or recruiting competent and strongly motivated youths into its ranks.
To reduce resistance to the personnel reform, Wu said, the KMT headquarters will first organize training programs for underperforming workers to enhance their professionalism before replacing or laying off anyone. "We will formulate a transparent mechanism to evaluate the performance of the party's 900-plus workers," he added. (Jan. 31, 2010) China Times: King vowed to overhaul the KMT juggernaut when he took over as party's top day-to-day manager last December. After reshuffling the party's local chapters earlier this month, he will soon start a second round of personnel reform and has recruited a media-savvy former headhunter to help with this ambitious task.
Wu, a graduate of National Chengchi University's Department of Journalism who once served as the media liaison officer of the Taipei City Government's Bureau of Labor Affairs, will take charge of local party chapters' talent recruitment, incubation, development and PR skills training, King said.
On divided opinions about his recruitment of Wu, King said he only cared about Wu's professional capabilities rather than other peoples' comments.
In his view, King said recruiting an outsider could be the best strategy to carry out the party's personnel streamlining program.
However, unidentified party sources said they were worried that Wu's outspokenness could be counterproductive to his reform efforts.
Given Taiwan's faction-dominated local political ecology, it remains to be seen whether King and Wu's initiative to make local party chapters the cradle of a new generation of KMT politicians and an election springboard can succeed, the sources said.
Noting that such a plan is basically patterned after political party operations in the United States, the sources said a potentially strong backlash from party workers could derail King's reform initiatives. (Jan. 31, 2010) (By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-11 04:02 GMT+08:00