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In Brief

In Brief

Former GIO chief to be Yu's deputy

Former Government Information Office Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) will be named as the secretary-general of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, an aide to Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), the DPP chairman-elect, said Saturday.

Legislator Eugene Yung-ching Jao will serve as the executive director of the DPP Policy Committee, and Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) will be retained as the director of the party's Finance Committee, the anonymous aide said.

They are expected to be sworn in by Yu after he taking the reins of DPP on January 26, the aide said.

Rescue on high seas


A Thai fisherman, clinging to a piece of wreckage from his boat in the South China Sea, was rescued by a Taiwanese cargo ship and brought to a Malaysian port yesterday, an official said.

The fisherman's boat had been smashed in a collision with another vessel, said Yahya Mohamad, an agent for the Taiwanese shipping company Yang Ming.

Further details - including the fates of any others involved and the identity or origin of the other ship in the collision - were not immediately known.

Online temple service

If you want to request blessings from deities, you no longer have to go to a temple and register with the managing staff. The Mazu Temple in Lugang, Changhua County, is providing the services online.

At, people can register for the protection of the Tai Sui deity from evil spirits. Those born in the year of the dog, sheep, ox and dragon are advised to seek Tai Sui's blessings for the coming Year of the Dog, which begins on January 29.

The Web site offers Chinese, Japanese and English versions introducing Mazu beliefs and history, temple architecture, virtual tour guide and other services, including a blessings-seeking service, he said.

Fake brides detained


Kaohsiung County police have detained four Vietnamese women involved in fake marriages with Taiwanese men, a man surnamed Liu who helped arrange the marriages, and two of the women's ostensible husbands.

A police spokesman said yesterday the four women were nabbed in an operation in Hsiaokang District last Friday after police found them working in a Vietnamese eatery suspected of providing sex to male customers.

The spokesman said these Vietnamese women used a paper marriage to enter Taiwan, but their real purpose was to make money by working as bar girls or prostitutes.

The four women will be referred to the public prosecutors office and face certain deportation.