Taipei City under fire for hiring ex-lawmaker
Critics compare Hsieh Chi-ta to Kuo Kuan-ching
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-02 04:30 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Government came under fire Friday for hiring former New Party lawmaker Hsieh Chi-ta allegedly to provide her with a generous pension.

The move invited comparisons with the case of Kuo Kuan-ching, the former Government Information Office employee who was sacked for insulting Taiwanese people several years ago but reemployed by another government department last March. If Kuo retires in July, he could benefit from a monthly pension of NT$60,000 (US$1,988), reports said.

The city denied the accusations that it had appointed Hsieh merely to help her receive retirement benefits. The former judge, who spent ten years working in China, joined the city government as a special adviser last July.

Even though she reached the retirement age of 65 last February, she had no plans to retire as yet, reports said.

Hsieh spent 21 years working as a civil servant, mostly in the judicial system, reports said. Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin, a former chairman of the New Party, appointed her to a special advisory job last July before moving her to the secretariat.

Hsieh had been recruited for her experience and experience with social security and welfare issues including the protection of women and children, a city spokesman said.

The former lawmaker told reporters that even though she had reached the age of 65, she had no plans to retire. She could make a lot more money in other jobs, Hsieh added, while rejecting claims she had become a citizen of the People’s Republic of China during her long stay in China. She said she was a strong sense of citizenship and would never even apply for the citizenship of any other country.

The opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union accused Hsieh of receiving beneficial treatment from the authorities. After she was listed as a wanted person and sentenced to prison for accusing former President Lee Teng-hui and his wife of having moved a fortune overseas, she returned to Taiwan and was allowed to hold a news conference at the airport, the TSU said. The party also wondered how as a non-citizen, she could have been invited to serve on an international economic and trade arbitration committee in China.

In the investigation into Kuo, Control Yuan member Chien Lin Whei-jun described his employment procedure as extremely ridiculous.

After it became known that Kuo, the GIO secretary who was impeached, had begun work as a secretary at the Taiwan Provincial Government, critics said the move had been engineered purely to help the disgraced official enjoy a state pension.

Kuo received notice of his appointment on March 7, began work on March 10, and reached the age of 65 on March 25, Chien Lin said. The member of the top government watchdog said she had interviewed provincial government chief Lin Jung-tzer about the procedure.

Chien Lin said he had not researched Hsieh’s case and did not know whether the Control Yuan would investigate her as well.

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