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DPP causing brain drain in executive branch: KMT whip

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) caucus whip Alex Fai (費鴻泰) said yesterday that verbal abuse against ministers is going to cause a brain drain in the executive branch, referring to former Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch's (張家祝) recent decision to resign from office.

In a written statement, Chang explained that he decided to resign because of Taiwan's malicious political environment. The former minister added that certain politicians are more concerned about elections than helping the people of Taiwan and will go to any length to win elections even if it entails launching smear campaigns.

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and President Ma Ying-jeou strongly urged Chang to stay on but Chang stood by his decision. The Cabinet ultimately accepted his resignation with "reluctance."

The Cabinet appointed Deputy Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) as Chang's replacement. Although Duh has yet to formally assume office, opposition have already cited concern over his suitability.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has already humiliated and chased away a good minister, Fai said. "Enough is enough."

If the DPP keeps on doing this, all it will do is keep good people, capable people from wanting to contribute to the nation and the people, Fai said.

It's going to be the same regardless of who is economics minister, KMT lawmaker Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said.

Even if the Jade Emperor were economics minister, he would have to face a pack of wolves in the Legislature, Huang added.

The opposition can't only think about returning to power, because the tactics it's engaging in will only cause Taiwan to regress by keeping capable people away from government, Huang said.

The lawmaker asked rhetorically whether she should recommend DPP Chairman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as economics minister and beg her to allow the Legislature to examine its bills.

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