Tibetan official allegedly plays hooky for hook-ups
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission (MTAC) official Chueh-An-Tsering (覺安慈仁) was revealed as a regular motel visitor by local paparazzi yesterday, allegedly spending his hooky hours with a middle-aged woman who is not his wife.
August 16, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
A high-ranking official, Chueh-An-Tsering has an impressive monthly salary of NT$120,000 and has a habit of leaving work several times a week to enjoy saunas and hot spring baths at the Caesarworld Sauna, Apple Daily reported.
A close friend of the 61-year-old revealed that Cheuh-An-Tsering had been a permanent commission official at the MTAC for over 10 years, and is happily married.
Chueh-An-Tsering was issued a major demerit by the MTAC yesterday. As there were no records of the official's outings, the MTAC had not been able to prove that they were not due to official duties; but the commission decided on the demerit as Chueh-An-Tsering's motel and sauna visits were caught on camera.
According to the Apple Daily, Chueh-An-Tsering had been taking the woman to Wego Motel for around half a year, with one paparazzo's most recent sighting of the couple being on Monday. The duo dined in a private booth in the Regent Taipei's Cafe Azie, with Chueh-An-Tsering insisting on wearing sunglasses throughout the meal, and heading to Wego Motel afterward.
Next Magazine received footage of the couple heading to Wego in April and May. The footage shows the woman clad in form-fitting suits with low necklines and wearing heavy gold jewelry. After stills from the footage were published in the magazine, Chueh-An-Tsering claimed in a telephone interview that the woman was a senior female disciple, whom he was taking to meet a Rinpoche living in the motel.
Rinpoches are highly respected Tibetan lamas, an honored title usually reserved for reincarnated lamas or those who have earned it over time. Da-Wa-Tsering (達瓦才仁), chief of the Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, questioned Chueh-An-Tsering's claim, saying that people usually visit Rinpoches at their houses and that he had never heard of the respected lamas living in motels.
“(Chueh-An-Tsering) definitely betrayed the moral ethics of marriage,” said Da-Wa-Tsering.
When interviewed in person by local media, Chueh-An-Tsering modified his previous remarks and named the woman a junior disciple.
“My wife knows her as well; she is a zealous supporter of many Tibetan Buddhism organizations,” said Chueh-An-Tsering, who refused to reveal the identification of the woman nor the Rinpoche.
Contradicting his claim almost immediately, Chueh-An-Tsering complained to reporters: “I am as good as dead now that the news is out, I won't be able to clear my name at all!”