KMT chair says she is not opposed to Lin Mei-chu as labor minister

Taipei-- Opposition Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) said Saturday she was not opposed to the appointment of Minister without Portfolio Lin Mei-chu (???), a relative of the president, as the new labor minister.

However, if a similar situation had occurred in the administration of former President Ma Ying-jeou (???), the public would have rebuked him, Hung said.

The fact that Lin is President Tsai Ing-wen's (???) cousin does not constitute a problem, once she is capable of doing the job, Hung said.

The appointment of Lin Mei-chu as the next labor minister was announced Friday as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.

Other changes also included Deputy Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (???) promotion to health minister, Yilan County Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien (???) as the head of the Council of Agriculture, and Deputy Education Minister Chen Liang-gee (???) as science minister.

The new appointees will assume their positions next week.

Also on Saturday, Hung was asked to comment on a proposal by ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (???) to remove the images of Republic of China founding father Sun Yat-sen (???) and former President Chiang Kai-shek (???) from Taiwan's currency.

Hung said the DPP should focus on solving the many problems facing the country, instead of stirring up unnecessary controversies.

She questioned whether the DPP was trying to shift public attention away from what she said was its inability to govern the country by using such ideological issues to divide the nation and create public conflicts.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel