Arrogance, hypocrisy know no party limits

By David Tzou, Letter to the Editor

This is in response to the Post’s article entitled “Office head transferred after supporting old civil pension system” (p. 20, Jan. 29). In my judgment, Mr. Lee Lai-hsi’s transference has everything to do with his first article posted on Facebook titled “A civil servant’s wail,” in which he takes strong exception to Examination Yuan President Kuan Chung’s arrogant and misleading remarks against civil servants. In the interview with one radio station based in Taipei last month, Mr. Kuan said that the government had to feed each civil servant 58 years with a total cost of NT$50,000,000. By using word “feed,” (養) Mr. Kuan had insulted public functionaries as if they were like dogs or pigs waiting to be fed by their masters. And you have to be a civil servant when you are 20 and shall be able to live up to 79 in order to meet Mr. Kuan’s speculation. It’s impossible to pass the Civil Service Senior Examination (高等考試) that young and more often than not you won’t live that long. If you are unlucky, you will drop dead only a few years after your retirement.

As far as I understand, a minister has every right to freely move his or her subordinates around within the ministry, without having to first consult with the premier. I don’t know why Minister Pan Shih-wei of Labor Affairs Council had to discuss the reshuffle with his immediate boss. Mr. Lee Lai-hsi does not object to the reform of the old civil pension system, he just loathes the government’s arrogance of not hearing civil servants’ side of the story before making decisions affecting the lives of millions. Mr. Kuan Chung’s arrogant remarks just rubbed salt into the wound.

“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighted,” according to the Old Testament (1 Samuel 2:3).

“When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities,” a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist and essayist David Hume used to say.

I have seen the arrogance and hypocrisy of the DPP politicians when they were in power. Now the same has been on show with the KMT’s heavyweights as main actors. What a shame!