Auto kingpin attacks Apple fans at 'weiya'
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kenneth Yen (嚴凱泰), CEO of automobile companies Yulon (裕隆) and Luxgen (納智捷), yesterday rebuked users of non-Taiwanese branded smartphones at the companies' year-end banquet, known locally as a “weiya.”
February 9, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Yen was seen brandishing his new HTC (宏達電) Butterfly handset and extolling the phone maker and its management.
“I bought the Butterfly handset with my own money, it's really great!” Yen said.
Allegedly under the influence of alcohol, Yen later had some harsh words for consumers of foreign smartphone brands such as Apple.
Yen was heard saying “Those who use iPhones and that other brand I won't mention are (expletive)” during his tirade, in addition to implying that they are not patriotic.
All banquet prizes were of Taiwanese origin, including HTC handsets and automobiles produced by Yulon and Luxgen, with Yen pledging to purchase over 2,600 HTC tablet computers and distribute them among employees as gifts.
A HTC spokesperson responded that they are grateful for Yen's commendations.
Incidentally, the North Korean Leader Kim Jung Un was spotted in January using a handset rumored to be the HTC Butterfly, while HTC Chairwomen Cher Wang (王雪紅) was recorded stating that “HTC is a Chinese brand” as she was giving a speech in China in July of 2010, which caused a row in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, a group of HTC engineers recently wrote an open letter to HTC CEO Peter Chou (周永明) protesting the alleged cancellation of promised bonuses. The engineers claimed that since the company enacted the responsibilities-based workload distribution scheme in 2003, their daily working hours have increased from 8.3 to 12 hours a day without additional overtime compensation.
In addition, the engineers claimed that their vacation days were reduced to one day a week, and that the company policy of yearly resets prohibited the rolling-over of accumulated vacation days to the next year.
HTC responded that scheduled bonus payments were carried out last year in the third quarter, and that funds should have reached their bank accounts on Feb. 5, while advising employees to consult their managers on the issue of overtime compensation.
The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA, 勞委會) commented that no matter the workload distribution scheme a company may have, employees may not work more than 12 hours per day, and are required to have one vacation day per week. The CLA indicated that an investigation will take place once a formal complaint has been filed, and that if these allegations are found to be truthful, HTC will be subjected to fines ranging from NT$20,000 to NT$300,000.