The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) held a handover ceremony Tuesday morning, where Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材), the former Political Deputy Minister of MOTC was inaugurated as the new minister.
Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), the former Minister of MOTC resigned recently in light of the Taroko express train crash that led to the death of 49 people.
Wang Kwo-tsai promised that reforming the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA, 台鐵管理局) and improving safety precautions would be his top priority after assuming the position.
During his speech, Wang Kwo-tsai pointed out eight major directions that he would work on in the future.
Aside from reforming the TRA, Wang plans to include achieving a more convenient transportation network, completing the infrastructure of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (桃園國際機場) on time, facilitating port construction, and enhancing transportation of remote villages.
He expressed hope to foster the tourism industry’s transition amid the post-pandemic era to better adapt to the new market.
The minister is also looking to adopt more smart technology including 5G, to monitor transportation safety and reduce the accident-mortality rate.
At the handover ceremony, Lin offered his best wishes to Wang with a song called “Because you are my brother” (因為你是我的兄弟), while Wang jokingly responded that “Jailbird” (囚鳥) is the song that could best describe his feelings right now, as he felt the pressure and responsibility weighing on him.