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Ma Ying-jeou, cabinet members watch ‘Taiwan from Above’
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-06 10:58 AM
Premier Jiang Yi-huah, Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan and a number of other government officials accompanied President Ma Ying-jeou Sunday in a visit to the Ministry of Culture, where they watched the documentary “Taiwan from Above” in the ministry’s screening room. Reporters noted that Jiang and Lee had a brief chat before the screening began. With rumors of a cabinet reshuffle continuing to circulate, attention focused on Lee and Jiang as they waited with Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai for President Ma to arrive.

Also on hand for the afternoon show were Vice President Wu Den-yih, Deputy Secretary General of the President’s Office Hsiao Hsu-chen and Po-lin Chi, the photographer who put together the documentary.

Presidential spokesperson Li Chia-fei told members of the media that President Ma and director Chi are old friends who have met at a number of photo exhibitions in the past. She said the president had been seeking an opportunity to view the video with a minimum of fuss and disturbance to others. A screening at the ministry was seen as a good way for some of the administration leaders to view Chi’s work.

Li also said that Ma and several other officials were very concerned about the verdict handed down by a court last week on the demolition of four households at Dapu in Miaoli. She said Ma has instructed the Executive Yuan and the Ministry of Interior to handle follow-up matters in the Dapu case.

The Taichung High Administrative Court ruled January 3 that the process used to expropriate the land of four households including a pharmacy in Dapu was in violation of relevant laws, overturning a previous verdict in the case. The court said a proper review of public interest and necessity had not been carried out in assessing the expropriation of land for a development project and ordered the government to return the land to the original owners.

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