President Ma had fully authorized Mao ahead of administrative report

By Queena Yen, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Premier Mao Chi-kuo (���v��) yesterday said that he had been fully authorized by President Ma Ying-jeou to deal with his administration work and to fulfill his responsibilities as head of the new Cabinet in his first administrative reports and interpellation at the Legislative Yuan.

Mao continued by saying that he will report major issues as well as administration directions to the president as is required. However, Mao stressed that Ma has given him power to be in fully charge of administrative details. Mao also addressed the results of the 9-in-1 Elections, saying that they reflected public disappointment in the work of the previous team. It is therefore important that the new Cabinet thinks outside of the box and serves the people with a humble attitude, said Mao.

Considering the results of the elections, the premier believes that the government needs to thoroughly reflect on the way it has implemented policies in recent years. The new Cabinet needs to think in a different way to effectively respond to people’s requests and needs, said Mao. As for controversial issues, Mao hopes to seek consensus through discussions among different parties. Mao also emphasized that the government should understand more about online opportunities and utilizes them to establish a bridge between the government and the people, hoping to create a more forward-looking government in the future. He said that new media strongly affected the results of the last election. Taipei 101 Case Will Be Treated Seriously: Mao Regarding Ting Hsin International Group (���s���ڶ���) selling its stake in the company that controls Taipei 101 to Malaysia’s IOI Properties Group, Mao promised that the government will deal with the issue carefully since it relates not only to public interests but also people’s expectations on the government to punish Ting Hsin, the company heavily involved in the oil scandal of a few months ago. Mao stated that Ting Hsin will certainly be punished and that what Ting Hsin did in the past will have a great impact on the government’s attitude toward the IOI case. In addition, the government should and will also consider that it may raise public concern if Taipei 101 is controlled by a foreign entity, Mao continued. Mao said that he has already instructed the Ministry of Finance as well as the Ministry of Economics Affairs to deal with the case thoughtfully. He also urged these authorities to track the latest developments and consider public interests as well as social expectations before making any decisions.