Kaohsiung officials rebut Mao criticism

“SLAP IN THE FACE’:Tseng Wen-sheng said it is the KMT’s fault Kaohsiung is not a high-tech hub like Taipei, as the party designated the municipality a center of heavy industry

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 13, 2015
By: Ko You-hao and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Kaohsiung City Government officials yesterday rebutted Premier Mao Chih-kuo’s (毛治國)

Premier Mao Chi-kuo, sitting second left, is joined by Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Hsu Lee-ming, sitting right, Brogent Technologies Inc chairman Huang Chung-ming, sitting second right, and others on a visit to Brogent Technologies Inc in Kaohsiung yesterday.  Photo: Ke Yu-hao, Taipei Times

Premier Mao Chi-kuo, sitting second left, is joined by Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Hsu Lee-ming, sitting right, Brogent Technologies Inc chairman Huang Chung-ming, sitting second right, and others on a visit to Brogent Technologies Inc in Kaohsiung yesterday. Photo: Ke Yu-hao, Taipei Times

comments that southern Taiwan lacked job opportunities in the high-tech sector, saying the central government must shoulder some of the blame.

When visiting the Kaohsiung Software Park and experiencing first-hand some of the products yesterday, Mao said that a friend living in southern Taiwan told him that his son had recently gained a university degree but was unable to find a job in the technology industry in southern Taiwan.

The friend said that if his son looked for a job in northern Taiwan, he would have to dip into his retirement fund to help, Mao said, adding that his friend asked whether the government would be able to do something about the matter.

Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Hsu Li-ming (許立明), the city’s Economic Development Bureau Director Tseng Wen-sheng (曾文生) and a number of southern Taiwan university deans, present at the talk, appeared unhappy on hearing the comment.     [FULL  STORY]

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