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TSU asks Eric Chu to explain bids won by father-in-law’s company
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-02-17 03:35 PM
In a Monday morning press conference Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia of the TSU legislative caucus claimed that in his positions as a legislator, Taoyuan County magistrate, Vice premier and now Mayor of New Taipei City, Eric Chu may have helped steer government contracts to a company headed by his father-in-law. Lin charged that over the last 13 years the government has approved more than half of the contract bids submitted by Wei-chuang Technology, a company headed by Chu’s father-in-law, former Taiwan Provincial Assembly Speaker Kao Yu-jen, adding up to more than NT$1.1 billion over the years. Lin said the TSU has officially requested the Control Yuan to carry out an independent investigation into the company’s bidding history.

Lai Chen-chang, the general convener of the TSU caucus, said that since Kao established the firm in 1999 it has taken more than NT$1.1 billion in bids from the government. Lai said that on September 10, 2009, the company named Tsai Mei-li as its person in charge after Eric Chu became Vice-premier. Lai pointed out that the corporation Tsai represents is the Jih-yue-kao Investment Company, a firm headed by Kao Yu-jen’s wife Kao-Chang Ming-luan. Lai noted that TSU sent a letter recently to the Agency Against Corruption to check into the case, The agency returned a report which said there were clear indications that this action violates conflict of interest laws governing civil servants.

Yeh Chin-ling, the Vice-convener of the TSU caucus, said that although the chair of Wei-chuang is Tsai Mei-li, Kao Yu-jen is the chairman of a number of companies under the Wei-chuang aegis including Euroc Venture Capital, Twinhead Computer and Yu-feng Technology. Yeh said Wei-chuang won 50 out of the 85 bids it submitted for government projects while Chu was vice-premier, a success rate of better than 50%, and its good fortune continued after Chu was elected Mayor of New Taipei City, with the company winning over 70% of its bids. Lai said that five of the 12 cases Wei-chuang participated in were "limited tenders" in which Wei-chuang was the only company that was asked to submit a bid.

TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia said Kao Yu-jen is Chu’s father-in-law, and Chu cannot shrug off questions by saying he doesn’t know anything about the charges. He also called on Chu to explain publicly the connection between his wife Kao Wan-chien and Wei-chuang and Jih-yue-kao. Lin said if Chu is harboring information on the case and cannot explain the connection, he is not fit to hold public office.

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