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New Cabinet spokesman talks to media

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- "If I had been given more time to think about it, I probably wouldn't have taken the job," newly appointed Cabinet spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) told radio show host Clara Chou (周玉蔻) during an interview yesterday.

Sun, who is currently serving as vice chairman of the Fair Trade Commission, is scheduled to take over Cabinet spokesperson Cheng Li-wun's position on Feb. 17.

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) approved Cheng's resignation and announced Sun's appointment last Friday. Cheng confirmed to local press that she will host a talk show about international affairs on the TVBS news channel in March.

During the radio interview, Sun told Chou that when Jiang asked him to take the position, he did not have very much time to think about it, noting that his decision was made because of his passion for the country.

Noting that the first thing he did after he decided to take the job was to close his Facebook account, Sun said that due to working as a spokesperson for the Executive Yuan, he will have to speak on behalf of the premier and the Cabinet and should not have "personal opinions." He therefore decided to close his own social media account.

Chou challenged Sun's argument by saying that President Ma Ying-jeou and Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) have their own Facebook accounts. In response, Sun said it takes time to manage one's own Facebook, asking "how is it possible for the president to have the time and energy to manage his Facebook?"

Sun, a commentator on political talk shows in the past, went on to say that a spokesperson should not get too much attention from people, but noted that should the premier grant him permission, he would gladly appear on TV talk shows in the future to assist the public in knowing more about the government's policies.

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