President Ma Ying-jeou held a press conference on September 10 to present his new Cabinet to the public. In introducing Wu Den-yih, the new premier, Ma twice mistook him for the outgoing Premier Liu Chao-shiuan.
It was reported on Sept. 2 that the much anticipated Cabinet reshuffle to be announced shortly will be smaller than the “large-scale and comprehensive” overhaul promised by Premier Liu Chao-shiuan on Aug. 19.
The latest opinion polls indicate that most locals are urgently calling for a major reshuffle of the Cabinet, including the stepping down of Premier Liu Chao-shiuan, to take responsibility for the government's gross mismanagement of the disaster brought about by Typhoon Morakot.
When asked by a CNN reporter how to respond to the charge that his administration had not moved quickly enough to meet with the disaster of the typhoon, President Ma Ying-jeou said on August 16 that naturally he would bear all the responsibility, “after all I'm the president of this country.”
In view of the heavy damage inflicted by Typhoon Morakot on Taiwan, Wang Chien-hsuan, president of the Control Yuan (CY), the nation's highest watchdog body, announced on August 11 that four committees of the CY, involving two dozens of its members, will investigate the aftermath.
Yiin Chii-ming, the minister of economic affairs, openly apologized again on Friday, July 31, for the ECFA comic that was accused of “insulting the people of Tainan.”
Yiin Chii-ming, the economic minister, has apologized under pressure for insulting the people of Tainan in a comic strip published by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) to promote the economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China.
The editorial of a major local newspaper on July 28 commented on President Ma Ying-jeou's image and leadership.
Loh I-cheng, a noted retired diplomat, wrote in his column published in a major local newspaper on July 27 that Henry Kissinger, a former secretary of state of the United States, played the “China card” against the former Soviet Union on the basis of the principle of “realpolitik.”
The Control Yuan, the nation's highest watchdog body, has recently censored the Ministry of Defense (MOD) for illegally providing daily transportation for retired generals and their spouses, touching off a heated nationwide debate over how these erstwhile “heroes” should be treated in retirement.