Friday, August 22, 2014
Former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) yesterday held his first press conference in the wake of his resignation and said that the treason allegations against him are an instance of “white terror.”
The son of a retired three-star general Fei Hung-po (費鴻波) yesterday stressed that he was not involved in a high profile marijuana case that already involves Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung, 柯震東) and the son of Hong Kong action megastar Jackie Chan (成龍), Jaycee Chan (房祖名).
China has no reason to oppose Taiwan's possible signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Malaysia, as ultimately the signing will be beneficial to both sides of the strait, Taiwan's top envoy to the Southeast Asian country said yesterday.
Due to the positive influence of the fiscal reform plan carried out by the Ministry of Finance (MOF), annual government revenue in 2015 is projected to rise to NT$1.7993 trillion, an increase of NT$92.4 billion, or 5.4 percent, compared with 2014. Expenditure is set to increase to NT$1.9597 trillion, an increase of NT$43.5 billion, or 2.3 percent, from the 2014 budget, the Cabinet said yesterday.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official was quoted recently as saying that foreign nationals who have a record of substance abuse are highly likely to have their visa applications denied.
The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF, 家扶基金會) yesterday published research on disadvantaged children in Taiwan, revealing that ten percent of them have seen illegal drugs, over 40 percent of them cannot afford breakfast every day and 61 percent don't have someone at home to help them with their homework.
Amid rising public outrage over the government's decision to pay Taipower (台電) employees a generous annual bonus of 3.6 months' worth of wages while the company reported mounting losses of NT$17.8 billion over 2013, newly appointed Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) yesterday defended the move by stating that the burden of policy must be factored into the performance of state-run enterprises.