Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday instructed his Cabinet to offer its full support and assistance so the new administrative team of incoming premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) can meet the challenge of an opposition-dominated Legislature as quickly as possible.
Executive Yuan Secretary-General and spokesman Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said the premier was extremely grateful for the president's "high affirmation" of the Cabinet team, calling it "the best encouragement" the outgoing administrative team could have.
Cho said that citizens hoped for a stable political situation with the Cabinet reshuffle and for the continuation of efforts to enhance Taiwan's competitiveness and social progress.
"Therefore, we will give Su and his Cabinet both our high expectations and full assistance to complete a smooth transfer," Cho stated.
Cho said that Hsieh would continue to meet with Cabinet officials to oversee the implementation of major policies in transportation, public safety and health aimed at ensuring that "all our citizens can have a good Lunar New Year holiday."
Cho also stated that the outgoing Cabinet would be "extremely cautious" about signing any new public documents or regulations and had froze new personnel or policy changes.
Cho denied reports in some local newspapers yesterday that claimed Hsieh had advised the incoming Su Cabinet that "it would be best not to stress the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit System scandal" or to investigate the affair.
"When the premier saw that headline, he exclaimed that he had absolutely not made such a statement," Cho related. Instead, the premier, who was speaking during a meeting with DPP legislators Wednesday, expressed his hope that "society at large would not 'slander' major construction projects" in cities and counties across Taiwan because of the KRTC flap as such a trend would seriously hurt the revamping of Taiwan's public infrastructure."