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Ex-Labor Minister makes accusations
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-25 05:28 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Labor Minister Pan Shi-wei said in an online statement Friday that while in government, he had formed an obstacle to other people making money.

Premier Jiang Yi-huah approved Pan’s offer of resignation Thursday evening, the day after Next Magazine reported the minister had an affair with a secretary. Pan denied the affair, but nevertheless phoned Jiang to tender his resignation.

Writing online Friday, Pan said it was scary how the civil service and private interests close to the ruling Kuomintang could stick closely together. As a minister, he had been standing in the way of some people making profits, he wrote, without elaborating.

He also commented on Thursday’s events, when he had offered his resignation to Jiang and the premier had accepted.

Pan said that after phone calls, he met Jiang personally near noon after the end of the regular weekly Cabinet meeting, which he did not attend. He said he had not agreed yet to tender his resignation, but would further evaluate a decision.

Even though both sides agreed not to reveal any details about the eventual resignation, at noon the government spokesman said Pan had given a verbal offer of resignation, the former minister said.

He said that as he went to visit the premier, Central Bank Governor Perng Fai-nan hinted the allegations against Pan likely came from inside his ministry.

Pan wrote online that instead of using the media, the government should do more to give citizens the feeling it was on their side. He also expressed relief at having left government, because it would mean he could speak more openly.

Pan spent 158 days as the first head of the new Ministry of Labor, which replaced the former Council of Labor Affairs. After his resignation was announced Thursday, his duties were taken over by a deputy, Hao Feng-ming.

Pan’s departure, following the resignation of Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling and of Hakka Affairs Minister Huang Yu-chen, might lead to a larger Cabinet reshuffle, reports said. The way the changes were handled and the identity of the appointees might influence the campaign for the November 29 regional and local elections, in which the KMT faces an uphill battle to hold on to a majority of county magistrate and city mayoral seats, reports said.

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