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Culture minister resigns over funds for legislators

Culture minister resigns over funds for legislators

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Premier Mao Chi-kuo rejected the resignation Wednesday of Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi over allegations that he would pay Kuomintang lawmakers NT$2.5 million (US$76,000) each in return for passing his budget.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Hung said the plan had never been executed. It had only been mentioned as an idea once at a meeting, but it had been rejected immediately, he said. Only three department heads, the ministry’s chief secretary and himself had been present at the gathering, Hung said.
The minister said he was sorry the news had made legislators and the Cabinet feel uncomfortable, but he was taking responsibility and had tendered his resignation to the premier.
Now that those words had emerged and caused so much trouble for the Executive Yuan and for the image of the Ministry of Culture, Hung said he had no other way but to offer his resignation to the government.
Premier Mao had phoned Hung and asked him to stay on, while his letter of resignation had been rejected, a Cabinet spokesman said.
Hung was only promoted from vice minister last January to succeed prominent writer Lung Ying-tai.


Updated : 2021-09-19 16:16 GMT+08:00