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Taiwan government removes native Taiwanese from top of state enterprises

Taiwan government removes native Taiwanese from top of state enterprises

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The government of President Ma Ying-jeou was planning to remove native Taiwanese top managers from the top of state-run enterprises, reports said Monday.
The moves would happen after four legislative by-elections scheduled for February 27 in which Ma’s Kuomintang was expected to do badly, reports said.
The reports listed state-run companies such as Chinese Petroleum Corporation Taiwan, Taiwan Power Corporation and Taiwan Water Corporation, all companies with large numbers of employees and the power to influence substantial number of voters.
The planned replacements follow the resignations last week of two native Taiwanese officials at the Ministry of Transportation, Director-General of Highways Lin Ming-chih and National Freeway Bureau Director-General Lee Tai-ming, reports said.
The government also came under fire recently for recruiting a retired company vice president, Tsou Juo-chi, to serve as president at China Steel Corporation despite more than 40 years of practice barring retired officials from returning. Tsou’s appointment went ahead despite protests from company unions.
A similar situation occurred last week at China Shipbuilding Corporation, Taiwan, where the Ministry of Economic Affairs removed President Lee Chih-cheng to replace him with Tang Tai-ping, a former company vice president who retired eight years ago.
Both corporations recorded profits over the past years despite the global economic crisis, going against arguments for the need for improved management, reports said.
Both new company presidents were so-called “mainlanders,” or descendants of Chinese who came to Taiwan with President Chiang Kai-shek’s KMT in the late 1940s.
The recent top management changes led other native Taiwanese company leaders to feel threatened, reports said. Managers who could face removal were Taipower Chairman Edward Chen and President Tu Cheng-yi, CSBC Taiwan Chairman Cheng Wen-lon, Taiwan Sugar Corporation Chairman Hu Mao-lin and Taiwan Water President Chen Fu-tien, reports said. In addition, the chairman positions at CPC and Taiwan Water were unoccupied at present.
The Executive Yuan reportedly ordered the MOEA to freeze all top management positions at corporations under its supervision in the hope of launching a complete rethink after the February elections.
After the four legislative by-elections, the campaign will start in earnest for the year-end elections of chief executives in five densely populated urban areas, namely Taipei City, present Taipei County, and the Kaohsiung, Taichung and Tainan areas. The KMT is likely to face an uphill struggle for control of the key areas.
Government leaders reportedly want to have trustworthy officials in charge of the state-run corporations in order to control campaign resources in the run-up during those important elections.


Updated : 2021-10-22 16:02 GMT+08:00