Lawmaker accuses envoy to Palau of abusing housekeeper
By Joseph Yeh, The China Post
October 5, 2012, 12:00 am TWN
The China Post--A ruling party legislator yesterday accused Taiwan's ambassador to Palau of abusing her foreign housekeeper.
Quoting anonymous sources, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker Ma Wen-Chun (馬文君) made the claims against Maggie Tien (田台清), the nation's top envoy to the Pacific ally, during a legislative session in Taipei.
Citing unidentified Taiwanese businesspeople in Palau, Ma said Tien has allegedly physically abused her Indonesian housekeeper, who worked in the R.O.C. Embassy on the island-nation.
The Indonesian later had her injury examined by a doctor and received a certificate of diagnosis. The housekeeper gave Palauan authorities a copy of the certificate before leaving for Indonesia, Ma said.
The Palau government is allegedly investigating the case, the lawmaker added.
Asked by Ma to confirm the accusation, Foreign Minister David Lin said he has no knowledge regarding the case but pledged to investigate.
Director-General of MOFA's Department of East Asian Affairs James Tien (田中光) — not related to Maggie Tien — later said that he telephoned the ambassador in question to confirm the incident. During the call the ambassador rejected the claims, Tien said.
This is not the first time a Taiwanese diplomat has faced such claims.
Jacqueline Liu, the country's former representative in Kansas City, was accused by the FBI in November last year of abusing her two Philippine maids and paying them only a fraction of the salary stipulated in their contracts.
Liu was arrested and detained for two months in the U.S. before reaching a plea deal.
Under the deal, she was on Jan. 27 ordered to pay US$80,044 in restitution to the two maids. She was deported to Taiwan in February.