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China Times: Yen Da-ho's nomination as top prosecutor

China Times: Yen Da-ho's nomination as top prosecutor

The way President Ma Ying-jeou chooses and employs people has always been the focus of public criticism. Critics have pointed to Ma's inclination to select people with backgrounds and styles that are similar to his own, his preference for doctorate degree holders, and his tendency to consult the opinions of only a small number of people. He has also been panned for his attempts to ingratiate himself with his rivals, as seen in his appointment of people with a pro-green background. This has led critics to conclude that "being Ma's foes is better than being his friends." Similarly, Ma's recent nomination of Yen Da-ho as state prosecutor-general has sparked much discussion in the political arena. Yen was the prosecutor who indicted Ma in 2007 for misusing his special allowance fund during his tenure as Taipei mayor from 1998 to 2006 and who insisted on filing an appeal after Ma was acquitted by a district court. Although the appointment seems to fit the theory that "being Ma's foes is better than being his friends," Yen was likely chosen because of his impartiality and showing no fear of the higher-ups. The Presidential Office has said that by naming Yen for the position, Ma is hoping that Yen will lead the country's fight against corruption and uphold justice. Ma deserves our appreciation for his efforts to promote people of a high caliber without regard for personal grudges. We hope the principle of hiring people based on their abilities and virtues will become a model for future leaders to follow. (Editorial abstract -- March 15, 2014) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:50 GMT+08:00