NEUTRALITY:The Mainland Affairs Council defended the six officials, as they were not traveling on public funds, but the minister of civil service said the trip was inappropriate
Date: May 05, 2015
By: Chen Yen-ting and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Opposition legislators yesterday said that the six government officials in
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) delegation to China for this year’s Shanghai Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Forums are violating administrative neutrality.
At the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee yesterday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers said that the officials were incapable of distinguishing between party loyalty and their duty to the nation, accusing them of defying Article 8 of the Public Servants’ Administrative Neutrality Act (公務人員行政中立法).
Article 8 stipulates that public servants must not use powers, opportunities or methods granted by their office to aid or benefit political parties or other political groups of political candidates, nor accede to their requests, accept bribes in any form or donate in their interests. [FULL STORY]