MAC deputy minister's resignation finalized
Central News Agency
2014-08-19 12:43 PM
Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) The Presidential Office announced Tuesday that the resignation of Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao has been accepted, as investigators began looking into allegations that Chang leaked secret information. The office announced the president's appointment of Lin Chu-chia, another MAC deputy minister, to be Chang's replacement as the principal deputy minister at the Cabinet-level agency responsible for Taiwan's policies toward China. The MAC said Monday that Chang had stepped down pending an "administrative investigation" into matters "related to his work." Wang Chung-yi, director-general of the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau, confirmed Tuesday that his bureau recently received a tip that Chang may have leaked secrets. Because the information provided was not specific, however, an official from the bureau will contact the MAC later Tuesday to clarify if the matter constituted a national security issue, Wang said. The Cabinet first announced on Aug. 16 that Chang had resigned as the MAC's deputy minister for "family reasons." A different version of the story surfaced a day later, however, when Chang sent a text message to reporters saying that he had been "told to resign" on Aug. 14. The MAC explained Monday that it was trying to protect Chang when it told the public that he had offered to resign for "family reasons" when he was actually being removed to facilitate an investigation. Chang has denied any irregularities by issuing text messages. He has not made any public appearances or given interviews since Aug. 16. (By Kelven Huang, Liu Shih-yi and Y.F. Low)
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