Lin Yi-shih demanded apology for failure to bribe: businessman
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- CHC Resources Corporation (中聯) President Donny Kuan (管新灣) testified yesterday that ex-Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世) had called on him to demand Ti Yung Co. (地勇) owner Chen Chi-hsiang (陳啟祥) apologize for not paying a bribe.
January 30, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Kuan added that Chen was furious when he learned of the news and refused to apologize.
Lin is currently being tried on graft charges in Taipei District Court. Prosecutors say that the former secretary-general received NT$63 million, and solicited another NT$83 million in bribes from Chen during his tenures as legislator and Executive Yuan secretary-general, over Ti Yung Co.'s slag treatment deal with China Steel Corporation (CSC, 中鋼).
Kuan was questioned in court over Lin's case, yesterday.
Kuan said he had told CSC Chairman Tsou Juo-chi (鄒若齊) that Ti Yung Co. had a bad reputation, but that Tsou had insisted on renewing CSC's contract with the company without providing a reason.
Furthermore, Tsou did not say that Lin himself had demanded a contract renewal, Kuan added.
The CHC Resources Corp. president further claimed that Chen had proposed a contract among Ti Yung Co., CHC Resources Corp. and CSC, but that he had felt the contract was unfeasible.
Kuan explained that he had heard rumors of Lin demanding contracts on Ti Yung Co.'s behalf in 2010.
Last year, Lin allegedly called Chen over the telephone and yelled at the company owner for not handing over a bribe.
Kuan said that Lin had called him over to his office and demanded an apology from Chen.
According to Kuan, Lin said, “During my tenure as lawmaker, no one has ever dared to speak to me like that ... by the way, keep me informed on the process of the contract's renewal.”
Kuan said that Chen was furious when he learned of the news and refused to apologize.
According to Kuan, Chen said, “Lin should focus on being secretary-general (of the Cabinet), and not get involved in civilian matters.”