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Cheng Li-wun to shun Facebook

TAIPEI--New Cabinet spokeswoman Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said yesterday she has no plan to create a Facebook page during her time in office.

Cheng made the pledge at her first meeting with the press after taking over as the Executive Yuan's top media official earlier Tuesday.

As a spokesperson for the government, Cheng said she will no longer publicly voice personal views, comments or opinions.

"I'll dedicate all my energy and effort to fulfilling my official duties," said Cheng, who once served as a ruling Kuomintang at-large legislator.

Asked about a fire at a government-run hospital in Tainan early Tuesday morning that left 12 patients dead and 37 others injured, Cheng said Premier Sean Chen was very concerned about the situation and that Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta went to the hospital to deal with the aftermath.

On President Ma Ying-jeou's recent demand that the Cabinet produce notable achievements within one month, Cheng said all government departments have been working hard every day.

"The Executive Yuan is getting ready to brief the public on its innovative reform measures in the coming days," Cheng said.

The 42-year-old Cheng succeeds Hu Yu-wei (胡幼偉), who resigned Oct. 6 because of some controversial Facebook postings, including the disclosure of his relationship with a graduate student.

Noting that she did not have the habit of using Facebook, Cheng said she will not create a Facebook page during her time in the Cabinet.

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