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Taiwan interior minister donates salary to make up voucher loss

Interior Minister Liao Liou-yi said he will take all responsibilities to cover the voucher shortage in the Jan. 23, 2009 file photo. The Ministry said...

Interior Minister Liao Liou-yi said he will take all responsibilities to cover the voucher shortage in the Jan. 23, 2009 file photo. The Ministry said...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As the issuance of shopping voucher ended on April 30, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) today said that the loss caused by operation mistakes amounted to NT$6.7 million after deducting indemnification from insurance company. Minister Liao Liou-yi (廖了以) donated his salary to make up some of the loss and gave the sum to the state treasury.

In the press release published by the MOI Wednesday morning, the calculation made by Chunghwa Post Co. showed that the total loss reached over NT$12 million. After subtracting compensation of about NT$56 million covered by insurance company, the final budget fell short of NT$6.7 million.

Liao had provided his salary of 11 months, totaling NT$1,724,200, since he took office last May to make up the loss, said the MOI.

Liao’s other friends had made contributions to cover the rest of NT$4.97 million without any conflict of interest, said the statement. The original shortage was filled after Liao handed his salary and funds raised by friends to the Council for Economic Planning and Development in charge of shopping vouchers matters.

The government distributed NT$3,600 worth of shopping vouchers to every citizen and foreign spouses from Jan. 18 to Apr. 30 this year, hoping to add 0.64 percent to the gross domestic product in 2009. However, for lack of experience and heavy workload, workers at distribution points sometimes gave out more vouchers than planned and caused a huge loss to the state treasury.

Following reports by media of such circumstances, instead of asking the workers to make compensation, Liao vowed to make up the shortage with his salary in January to appease criticism.

by Taiwan News, Staff Writer


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:04 GMT+08:00