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United Daily News: President cannot gauge people's feelings

United Daily News: President cannot gauge people's feelings

After more than a month of political uproar, the Cabinet announced a minor reshuffle affecting four deputy ministers this week. Once again, the personnel rearrangements have failed to impress. With its popularity having plunged to an all-time low, the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou could have used the opportunity to make breakthrough changes to try to win back support from the public. Unfortunately, it seems the administration was simply trying to fill some vacant positions. One of the appointments involve the country's representative to Indonesia, Andrew Hsia, who will take over as a deputy defense minister. Four years ago, Hsia stepped down as a deputy foreign minister over a controversy triggered by his refusal of foreign donations in the wake of the Typhoon Morakot disaster. His transfer to the Defense Ministry position is just as odd as his replacement four years ago. At a time when the morale of the military has already been severely damaged by the death in military detention of Hung Chung-chiu, naming a career diplomat as a deputy defense minister might worsen the situation. Another change concerns Deputy Education Minister Chen Yi-hsing, who is reportedly stepping down to take responsibility for the Education Ministry's failure to fulfill its promise to implement free senior high school education under the 12-year education program. Free senior high school education is one of Ma's political promises, so how come Chen is being made a scapegoat? The latest reshuffle has drawn more questions than applause. Ma's real crisis lies in his aloofness from public opinion and expectations. (Editorial abstract -- Oct. 24, 2013) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-17 17:36 GMT+08:00