Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) The Cabinet is still trying to persuade Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch to stay on and has not accepted his resignation, a spokesman said Friday. The Cabinet will give the public a further update pending any developments, according to Sun Lih-chyun. Chang tendered his resignation Thursday over the "humiliation" lodged at his ministry for its alleged role in the deadly explosions in Kaohsiung, bemoaning perceived political motivations behind the blame game. The opposition has accused the Economics Ministry of failing to keep close tabs on the petrochemical industry before the July 31 blast, which killed 30 people and injured more than 300. The disaster was allegedly caused by a leak in a propylene pipeline belonging to LCY Chemical Corp., a major petrochemical company. Before he tendered his resignation Thursday, Chang underwent a lashing at a legislative committee meeting. Chen Chi-mai, a Democratic Progressive Party legislator from Kaohsiung, openly questioned whether the minister's "humanity" because he had not been to the scene of the explosions enough times since the incident occurred. Chang accompanied President Ma Ying-jeou
on a trip to Kaohsiung on Aug. 4 to survey the damage caused by the explosions and to visit the families of the victims and those injured in the blasts.
(By Tang Pei-chun and Y.F. Low)