Chiang Yu-feng approved to be new commissioner of the NCC
The China PostBy Joy Lee--Chiang Yu-feng (江幽芬) was approved to be a new commissioner of the National Communications Commission (NCC) at a Legislative Yuan Sitting yesterday.
January 15, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
According to local reports, Chiang received 63 votes that supported her to be a new NCC commissioner, which was more than the 54 votes required for approval. She also received 41 votes against her approval.
The Legislative Yuan also approved Wu Shiow-ming and Sun Lih-chyun, who were nominated by the Executive Yuan, as the chairman and vice chairman for the Fair Trade Commission.
The Executive Yuan nominated Chiang and Wang Yung-ho (汪用和) as NCC commissioners on Dec. 7 last year. Chiang's nomination was approved at the Legislative Yuan while Wang's nomination was suspended for her family's alleged business connection with mainland China.
Kuomintang (KMT) legislators voted to support Chiang being a NCC commissioner while Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators voted against it, according to local reports. Taiwan Solidarity Union legislators did not participate the voting because of their opposition to the Next Media case that the NCC approved.
According to the National Communications Commission Organization Act, the NCC is to appoint seven commissioners, which are full-time positions with four-year terms. The head of the Executive Yuan can appoint nominees for the position at the consent of the Legislative Yuan.
DPP Shows Evidence Against Wang
DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) showed evidence in a bid to prove her statement that Chinese capital is involved in the telecom-service business owned by Wang's father.
Kuan presented documents collected from the Ministry of Economic Affairs that show the firm owned by Wang's father is registered as a Chinese capital company and Wang's uncle Wang Chao-yong (汪潮涌) works for a Beijing-based investment firm. The documents also showed he had invested in the business owned by Wang's father.
Wang Yung-ho's nomination as an NCC commissioner was held up by lawmakers last week for her family's business connections that will make her “an agent who helps Chinese investors invest in telecom services in Taiwan,” according to Kuan.
Wang Yung-ho issued a statement yesterday that Wang Chao-yong's business is categorized as an Internet service provider (ISP) which is not under the NCC's jurisdiction.
DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-ching (葉宜津), however, said that ISPs are in fact under the NCC's authority. Therefore, she is not an ideal candidate for an NCC commissioner position.