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TSU reports Mayor Chu to Control Yuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) legislators yesterday reported New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) to the Control Yuan, accusing Chu of violating the Public Officer Conflict of Interest Avoidance Act when he held the position of vice premier.

Over the past few days, TSU legislators continually accused Chu of taking advantage of the position of vice premier to let his wife and father-in-law gain profits from government bidding. Despite Chu's denials, TSU legislators decided to officially report their concerns to the Control Yuan yesterday.

According to the information provided by TSU legislators, Fiber Logic Communication Inc. (威創科技公司) — a technology company in which Chu's father-in-law Kao Yu-jen (高育仁) invested — has consistently participated in government bids since Chu began climbing the political ladder, from legislator to mayor of Taoyuan County, vice premier and finally New Taipei City mayor. TSU legislators accused that there may be potential corruption, with Chu violating the Public Officer Conflict of Interest Avoidance Act.

It is also questionable that Chu's wife is a stockholder of the company, whereby she could make financial gains from any illicit activity involving government bids, said the TSU legislators. Based on the principle that husbands and wives can act as mutual agents, TSU legislators said it is clear that Chu can be considered a direct beneficiary in these cases as well.

TSU Legislator Chou Ni-an (周倪安) said officials requested that the Control Yuan investigate the case of Chu to see if he violated the Public Officer Conflict of Interest Avoidance Act. Meanwhile, the TSU also reported other "relevant parties" to the Agency Against Corruption.

  Lai Cheng-chang (賴振昌), another TSU legislator, emphasized that "although Chu denied the accusations, we believe that the evidence can speak the truth. Therefore, we decided to report this case to the Control Yuan."

Chu's Response

"Taiwan is a society ruled by law and justice. It is OK to report me to the authorities if I do anything illegal," said Chu yesterday in response to the TSU's report.

Chu said he is more than willing to cooperate with the investigation. The law will give a clear answer to everyone, said Chu.

In addition, Chu also said he feels that these sorts of accusations are a waste of social resources.

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