By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President-elect Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday warned her prospective government members against wasting the team’s credit by making careless remarks.
She made the statement in an address to a “consensus camp” in Taipei City’s Yangmingshan area of her Premier-designate Lin Chuan with about 40 of the ministers and Cabinet members who will be sworn in on May 20.
Remarks by at least three of the members had to be countered by the prospective Cabinet leadership after they caused public unease.
“In the democratic era, eight years of accumulated effort can be undone by eight seconds of careless talk,” Tsai reportedly told her team, referring to the eight years she and her Democratic Progressive Party spent in opposition before winning last January’s elections.
She added that government ministers should follow the same “Three No’s” that she had always adhered to herself. First of all, politicians needed to be careful about what they said and use action to persuade their opponents rather than confrontational talk. Secondly, officials needed to listen to their subordinates, and thirdly, government members could not afford to lose touch with society, and interpret criticism from social groups as a force for change. [FULL STORY]