Deputy Min­is­ter of Health and Wel­fare Tseng passes away at 60

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOHN LIU

Deputy Min­is­ter of Health and Wel­fare Tseng Chung-ming ( ), “the for­ever so­cial worker,” passed away at the age of 60 yesterday.

Tseng was a public ser­vant for 30 years, and dur­ing his ten­ure over­saw the en­act­ment of the Public As­sis­tance Act, her­alded the launch of the na­tional pen­sion, and rolled out plans to help for­eign spouses and im­mi­grants get on in life in Tai­wan.

Min­is­ter of Health and Wel­fare Chi­ang Been-huang ( ) said in his con­do­lence state­ment that Tseng had been a up­right and du­ti­ful of­fi­cial all his life and pro­vides a good model for the young.

The third read­ing of the “Longterm Care Ser­vice Act” passed the Leg­isla­tive Yuan on May 15. Tseng was al­legedly very con­cerned about the law’s pass­ing while in the hos­pi­tal, lit­er­ally giv­ing his best un­til his heart ceased to beat.

Tseng died of cir­rho­sis and lung can­cer at 1:59 p.m. in the Taipei Vet­er­ans Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal ( ), the Cen­tral News Agency re­ported.

Gave His Best Un­til the End

Hav­ing grad­u­ated from the Na­tional Chengchi Univer­sity’s Three Prin­ci­ples of the Peo­ple grad­u­ate pro­gram, Tseng had worked in var­i­ous po­si­tions in the So­cial Af­fairs Bureau of Kaoh­si­ung City Gov­ern­ment, the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare of Taipei City Gov­ern­ment, and the Min­istry of the In­te­rior, be­fore mov­ing onto the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare.

Tseng re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards dur­ing his ten­ure in the gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing the distin­guished “model public ser­vant,” “ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tion” and “pro­fes­sional ac­co­lade” recog­ni­tion, among oth­ers.

Known as the “for­ever so­cial worker,” Tseng had a calm per­son­al­ity and kept a low-pro­file in his work. He was ac­tive in push­ing re­forms on so­cial poli­cies, and while serv­ing in the Min­istry of the In­te­rior, he di­rected po­lice, fire agency, mil­i­tary ser­vice, and immigration af­fairs.

Premier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) ex­pressed his re­gret and sor­row through the spokesman of the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan yesterday. Mao has given Chi­ang, Min­is­ter of Health and Wel­fare, the man­date to pro­vide Tseng’s fam­ily with any needed as­sis­tance in the fu­neral ser­vice.

Tseng, who was pro­moted to the Deputy Min­is­ter po­si­tion in 2013, had been in rel­a­tively good health con­di­tions un­til last month, when his ill­ness turned worse dras­ti­cally.

The news of Tseng’s be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized was not re­vealed to many in the min­istry so as not to af­fect their work, and many of his col­leagues in the min­istry were re­port­edly shocked at news of Tseng’s pass­ing yesterday.

Tseng and the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare will hold me­mo­rial ser­vices but the date is un­de­cided.

CNA

Deputy Min­is­ter of Health and Wel­fare Tseng Chung-ming ( ) is seen in this un­dated photo. Dur­ing his ten­ure, Tseng over­saw the en­act­ment of the Public As­sis­tance Act and rolled out plans to help for­eign spouses and im­mi­grants to get on with life in Tai­wan.

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