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Premier wants reforms in response to public expectations

Premier wants reforms in response to public expectations

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Thursday that there is no phase-in period for the new Cabinet and that it should step up its push for reforms in response to public expectations.

Lin also said the new Cabinet should be a disciplined team, and that all Cabinet members should use their expertise and firm determination to push for administrative efficiency so that the public can see changes and their trust in government can be retrieved.

Lin made the remarks in his first Cabinet meeting since assuming the post May 20.

The Cabinet meeting was attended by five heads of the six municipalities -- Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦), Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊). All except Ko are members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) of the Kuomintang party was absent and sent his deputy, Chen Shen-hsien (陳伸賢 ) to the meeting.

Lin spelled out his three demands for the Cabinet members in the meeting, including listening to the will of the people when formulating public policy and fully communicating with them when encountering conflict and criticism.

Noting that government resources are limited, he also demanded that government agencies set out priorities with short, medium and long-term plans, with the National Development Council keeping track of the progress of such plans.

The premier also demanded integration among agencies and the upholding of the core values of "innovation, employment and distribution" for the sustainable development of the nation.

He also expressed his three aspirations for the Cabinet, noting that the public has been anxious and dissatisfied with the previous government, and that they are looking forward to seeing reforms.

He said he expects to see Cabinet members being cautious in their words and deeds and avoiding stepping into gray areas.

Finally, he expressed hope that Cabinet members will cherish the opportunity to serve the nation, as it faces many urgent difficulties ahead.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Lilian Wu)

Updated : 2021-04-22 21:56 GMT+08:00