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Industrial groups voice regret regarding Chang’s resignation
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-08 08:56 PM

Chang Chia-juch walked away from his position as Minister of Economic Affairs Thursday outraged by a wave of severe criticism waged by opposition legislators against the department on Thursday. Chang tendered his resignation followed by a statement after a hectic week spent in Kaohsiung setting up and overseeing an emergency center after a deadly blast July 31. Heavyweight industrial groups issued statements on Friday hoping cabinet executives can persuade Chang to stay.

Leaders of industrial and business groups including the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI), Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC), and General Chamber of Commerce (ROCCOC) urged politicians to stop smear campaigns. Both CNFI chairman Rock Hsu and CNAIC chairman Lin Por-fong said that Chang is a low-key and responsible cabinet minister and expressed worries regarding the consequences of the high turnover of ministers in a short period of time as tragedies come in a cluster. Both stated that the cabinet should be dedicated to stabilizing the economy and ensuring the smooth functioning of economic institutions.

The Cabinet is still trying to persuade Chang to stay on and has not accepted his resignation, a spokesman said Friday, though Chang chooses to remain unreachable after issuing the statement, according to the Executive Yuan. Media reported Chang’s secretary was busy with packaging Chang’s personal belongings at the office.

DPP legislator Chen Chi-mai disagreed with Chang’s statement about being tarnished by politicians for personal political gain and said that Chang still owed the Kaohsiung people an apology.

Chang tendered his resignation Thursday over the overwhelming criticism from opposition legislators for his crisis management after the blast. Chang bemoaned political motivations behind the blame game.

The opposition legislators slammed Chang at a Thursday committee meeting for failing to keep close tabs on the petrochemical industry before the July 31 blast, which killed 30 people and injured more than 300.

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