Taipei, May 14 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday urged National Taiwan University (NTU) President-elect Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) to clarify the issues that cast doubt on the legitimacy of his selection instead of politicizing the case.
Tsai made the remark in a radio interview when asked to respond to Kuan’s statement the previous day that he hoped she would come up with a solution to the controversy surrounding his appointment within seven days, before the second anniversary of her presidency.
The NTU presidential selection committee chose Kuan on Jan. 5 to head NTU, but the Ministry of Education (MOE) did not confirm his appointment to take up the post on Feb. 1 as scheduled, citing a flawed selection process, amid a string of allegations against him, including plagiarism and conflict of interest.
“Wasn’t what Professor Kuan said tantamount to asking the president to intervene in this case politically?” Tsai said. “It’s not good [to handle the matter that way].”
Tsai said the problems amounted to a “legal issue” rather than a political one and that Kuan had made no effort to clear up the controversies surrounding his selection.
“The government should be very cautious not to politicize things when it comes to educational issues,” Tsai said. “It’s unfortunate that things are being politicized. The MOE would deal with this case in accordance with the law.”
(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)