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ASE chief meets Kaohsiung mayor over scandal

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE, 日月光) Chairman Jason Chang (張虔生) said that his company would resume operations as soon as possible after meeting the highest environmental conservation standards.

Accompanied by several high-ranking executives, Chang visited Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) yesterday to discuss ASE's recent scandal over releasing wastewater and polluting a local river.

Before the meeting, Chang said in a public statement that he was grateful to the Kaohsiung City Government for promptly providing him with an opportunity to discuss the wastewater scandal with city officials.

Chang stressed that he would like to see his company's factory resume work as soon as possible so as to protect the interests of ASE customers and employees.

After Chang made the statement, he and Chen went into a closed-door meeting. After the meeting concluded, Chen reported Chang's three pledges:

First, ASE will provide a plan to improve its handling of wastewater as soon as possible.

Second, every single drop of wastewater released by ASE in the future will meet the appropriate environmental standards.

Third, after satisfying the highest environmental standards, ASE hopes to resume work as quickly as possible so as to prevent the loss of customers from abroad.

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