Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Tseng passes away at 60
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.
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.