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Industry leaders want Tawian economics minister to remain

The China Post/ANN | Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Residents carry a wounded person following a blast in the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan early on August 1, 2014. The explosion, that is believed to have been caused by a gas leak, killed at least four people and wounded 186 others.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI) President Hsu Rock (許勝雄) and Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC) Chairman Lin Por-fong (林伯豐) expressed their regrets at Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch's (張家祝) wish to resign.

They also hope that the government's ranking officials will try their best to convince Chang to stay.

The head of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Chang Chia-Juch (張家祝) handed in his resignation on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Chang had been blamed for Kaohsiung's gas explosions by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩). They accused Chang of being cold-blooded and inhumane while dealing with the explosions' victims and Kaohsiung's reconstruction programme.

Chang said in his resignation statement that since his inauguration as Economics minister on Feb.18, 2013, most of his economic policies, including the safety checks of Nuke 4, rationalization of the electricity prices, signing of the Cross-Strait Agreement on Trade in Services, and establishing the Free Economic Pilot Zones, had all been criticised by the society.

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