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Premier orders probe into ex-labor minister's allegations
Central News Agency
2014-07-29 11:00 PM
Taipei, July 29 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah ordered a "thorough investigation" Tuesday into former Labor Minister Pan Shih-wei's allegations that he was forced to step down because he blocked some senior officials' attempts to make illicit profits. Soon after his resignation was accepted by the premier, Pan fired salvos at some "senior-level public servants" who he claimed have been colluding with one another to form factions inside the public service system, doing everything they can to use public resources as their own "private banks." In a Facebook post, Pan alleged that it was these people, whose attempts to get rich he had frustrated, that successfully took their revenge by forcing him to quit. Pan tendered his resignation amid rumors that he had an inappropriate relationship with his secretary. A spokesman for the Executive Yuan said the premier "attaches considerable importance to" Pan's allegations about possible irregularities by government officials and will "never condone anyone if the allegations turn out to be true." Minister of Justice Lo Ying-shay said she had passed Jiang's instructions on to the Agency Against Corrutpion to launch an investigation into the alleged corruption. "We will get to the bottom of all the facts and tell the people what we find out" concerning Pan's allegations, she added. To facilitate the probe, the ethics and accounting heads of the Ministry of Labor will be transferred to other jobs, according to sources close to the unfolding events. The sources said the alleged corruption probably revolves around the use of the labor pension fund, which is managed by the Ministry of Labor. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and S.C. Chang)
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