Newspaper article China Post

Minister's Comments Show Sign of Democratic Devolution

Newspaper article China Post

Minister's Comments Show Sign of Democratic Devolution

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Prosecutors yesterday formally pressed charges against Ting Hsin Oil & Fat Chairman Wei Ying-chun ([...]), indicting him and other senior Ting Hsin executives for knowingly supervising the import of feed oil for human use and the subsequent processing of the subpar oil to pass food screening. Prosecutors have seized the NT$441.62 million earnings from the allegedly illegal practice and pressed for a 30-year sentence for Wei. Prosecutors have seized the NT$441.62 million earnings from the allegedly illegal practice and pressed for a 30-year sentence for Wei.

If Wei is convicted of these charges, he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law for knowingly putting the health of millions of Taiwanese at risk. The punishment will serve not just as an response to the serious crimes, but more importantly as a deterrence to anyone who wants to test the limits of, and potentially break, the law in future.

A day before Wei's indictment, however, the government sent a worrying message in the form of Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford's ([...]) public and populist call for the Wei family, owners of the multibillion-dollar Ting Hsin International Group, to leave Taiwan's business world. Chang's comment may in the short term placate the public anger stemming from endless food scandals, but it is in essence a revelation of the provincial mindset of the government and its less-than-transparent relations with local business leaders.

In addition to his "the Weis should leave Taiwan" comment, Chang also revealed Wednesday that Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) head Tseng Ming-chung ([...]) was the "deep throat" that tipped him off about Ting Hsin International Group Chairman Wei Ying-chiao's ([...]) change of mind to resign as head of the firm running the Taipei 101 tower. Tseng said later that he informed Chang after "advising" Wei Ying-chiao to resign. According to Tseng, Wei Ying-chiao called him around noon Wednesday, asking him for advice on whether to quit the Taipei 101 leadership post. …

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