Taipei City official sacked over appearance on Chinese TV
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-08 03:12 PM
Hsieh Chi-ta, a former legislator and advisor in the Secretariat of the Taipei City Government, has been stripped of her pension and a part-time position after it became known that she appeared in a television broadcast in China in which she criticized the Sunflower student movement. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said Thursday that Hsieh’s actions were inappropriate and unacceptable and a violation of the Civil Service Law, and she should not be allowed to serve in a government position.

Hsieh left Taiwan about ten years ago to work in China, returning recently to take a temporary position until she could reach the retirement age for public servants and thereby qualify for a generous pension. Wednesday the Taipei City Council Administrative Committee resolved to send her case to the Control Yuan for investigation and for prosecution if warranted.

Hsieh reportedly accepted an invitation to appear on a Phoenix Television program last month. The topic for discussion originally focused on environmental issues, but was changed at the last minute to criticism of Taiwan's 318 student movement. Hsieh faulted the students for protesting the Cross-strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA), saying they were "being used."

Not only was Hsieh’s appearance on a Chinese program a violation of the Civil Service Act, she had also landed her part-time job in Taiwan without notifying proper authorities and was even collecting traveling expenses related to the job..

Taipei City Government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang said Thursday that Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin declared that Hsieh’s actions in taking part in the program and holding a part-time without proper clearance were inappropriate and totally unacceptable.

Hsieh was indignant over her treatment, saying that in Taiwan there is no longer any room for rational discussion and protesting that she has done nothing wrong.

She added that her resignation has been accepted and she also decided not to apply for a pension that could have amounted to more than NT$50,000 a month. She said she chose to give up her pension as she may not have that many years left to lavish a few on time in jail. She added that to her the money was not important, and went on to complain that in Taiwan “there are no more grays, it’s all black and white,” further incensing councilors on both the blue and green sides in the chamber.

Council members questioned Hsieh’s sincerity as a servant of the people of Taiwan, saying she says one thing and then does another. No wonder she lost her job, muttered one councilor, shaking his head.

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