Business sector voices regret over economics minister's resignation
Central News Agency
2014-08-07 10:59 PM
Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Commerce and industry groups expressed regret Thursday over Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch's decision to resign in connection with the deadly gas explosions in Kaohsiung, urging against partisan fighting that they said will hurt Taiwan's competitiveness. Chang Pen-tsao (no relation), former chairman of the General Chamber of Commerce of the ROC, called for an end to partisan hostility in order to put public interests first. Otherwise, he cautioned, Taiwan might have difficulty competing with other counties, particularly trade rival South Korea. The minister had said earlier in the day that he lamented moves by opposition forces to block government efforts to push important economic projects, putting the country's future in jeopardy. Chang Chih-yuan (no relation), secretary-general of the Allied Association for Science Park Industries, echoed the view, calling on ruling and opposition parties to put Taiwan's interests ahead of those of their parties. Tung Tsu-hsien, chairman of the Taipei Computer Association, urged the private sector to encourage Minister Chang to stay, praising his devotion to Taiwan's trade and economic environment at a time of challenge. Despite the calls for bipartisanship, ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Lawmaker Huang Chao-shun expressed regret over Chang's resignation, saying he was "set up by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)." Fellow KMT Lawmaker Ting Shou-chung voiced sympathy with Chang, claiming the DPP used to only oppose anything related to China but now opposes all economic proposals, adding that obstructionist moves are politically motivated and could ruin Taiwan's economy. (By Tai Ya-chen, Jalen Chung, Jackson Chang, Esme Chiang and Scully Hsiao)
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