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Cabinet to hold anti-corruption seminar amid scandal

2012/07/04 12:35:51

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) The Cabinet will hold an anti-corruption seminar later this week to reiterate the importance of integrity among government officials, amid a snowballing corruption scandal involving the Cabinet's former secretary-general.

President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Sean Chen will address the July 7 seminar, in which 44 ministers, heads of Cabinet-level councils, government spokesmen and other high-level officials will be present, according to a statement issued by the Cabinet Tuesday.

The seminar will focus on educating government officials on regulations pertaining to taking gifts and socializing with others and measures aimed at combating and preventing corruption.

"As clean government is the public's basic demand, the government will continue to strengthen the function of its anti-corruption agency to improve its integrity," the statement said.

The announcement of the seminar came after Lin Yi-shih, former secretary-general of the Cabinet, was taken into custody Monday after prosecutors found evidence confirming that he solicited and accepted bribes from a private company.

The case surfaced last week when a tabloid magazine reported that Lin accepted a bribe of NT$63 million (US$2.1 million) in 2010 while still a legislator from Chen Chi-hsiang, the owner of Kaohsiung-based Ti Yung Co., to help the company secure a slag treatment contract from a subsidiary of Taiwan-based China Steel Corp.

Between February and March this year, after Lin had become the secretary-general of the Cabinet, he demanded a further NT$83 million from the businessman, the report alleged.

When Chen refused to pay, Lin pressured China Steel to stop supplying slag to Ti Yung, according to the report.

The scandal has tarnished the image of the Ma administration, which has stressed clean government as one of its core principles.

(By Elaine Hou)