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Su maliciously overturns predecessor's policies: Hsieh aide

Former Director Lin Yao-wen of the Department of Information under the Kaohsiung City Government yesterday lashed out at Premier Su Tseng-chang for maliciously overturning the policies set by his predecessor Frank Hsieh.

Lin's criticisms came one day after former Government Information Office (GIO) chief Pasuya Yao blasted Su for losing his "chastity" by dropping a fine of NT$1 million on the TVBS satellite TV station to please news media.

Both Lin and Yao are deeply associated with Frank Hsieh, as they both served as director of Department of Information of the Kaohsiung City Government when Hsieh served as the major of the southern port city. Yao even served as chief of the GIO when Hsieh served as premier between February 2005 and January 2006.

Lin said that the continuation of policies can be up for rational discussion, but it's far from reasonable for Su's Cabinet to intentionally overturn what have become facts.

Lin pointed out that Hsieh invited Chiu Tsui-chen, who had served as a lawmaker for several terms, to be an advisor to the Executive Yuan, and invited Chen Chien-chung, a gifted linguistic talent, to serve as vice chairman of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, but after Su assumed the premiership, both Chiu and Chen were discharged.

He continued to lash out at Su for suspending a spate of community development projects initiated by Hsieh, and for allowing the local electricity rates and oil prices to rise significantly. In response, Cheng Wen-tsang, incumbent chief of the GIO, stressed that Premier Su has followed the principle of retaining real talents at proper positions, adding that Lin shouldn't criticize Su's personnel deployment based his personal feeling.

Cheng said that the community development projects are still underway, and that the government can hardly maintain a tight control on oil prices, water fees and electricity rates forever regardless of the ever-rising international crude oil prices.

The harsh criticisms on Premier Su by Lin and Yao were widely interpreted as the heating up of the competition and conflict between Premier Su and his predecessor Frank Hsieh, but lawmakers of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) kept a low profile about the issue.

For instance, Lawmaker Kao Chien-chih, who has sustained close ties with Hsieh, said that the issue can't be exaggerated as a conflict or competition between Hsieh and Su. Kao said that Yao's criticism on the TVBS case only reflected his disagreement with the decision made by the petition screening committee of the Cabinet to drop the NT$1 million fine on the TVBS. The fine was initiated by Yao when serving as chief of the GIO on grounds that the TVBS violated the Satellite TV Law by having foreign capital exceeding a ceiling ratio allowed.

Meanwhile, Frank Hsieh said yesterday morning that he would asked Pasuya Yao not to make any further comments on the TVBS case, and to respect the ideas and practices of the new premier.

In addition, Hsieh also issued a statement that he has scolded Lin Yao-wen for his emotional criticisms and asked him not to issue similar remarks in the future.

Hsieh said that what counts most for the moment is to map out effective strategies to win the year-end mayoral races in Taipei and Kaohsiung, and allow more room for the Su-led Cabinet to come up with better administration achievements.

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