NAO sets sights on illegal part-time work­ers

NTU prof./TV show host ex­empted from in­ves­ti­ga­tions

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice (NAO) into civil ser­vants and teach­ers hold­ing part­time jobs have been on­go­ing since last year, yet a high-pro­file pro­fes­sor who also works as a TV show host did not make it onto the in­ves­ti­ga­tion list.

“It is illegal for civil ser­vants and teach­ers to con­duct other com­mer­cially based ac­tions,” stated NAO spokesman Li Shun­pao ( ), “hu­man re­source sec­tors in each gov­ern­ment sec­tor will han­dle the le­gal process ac­cord­ing to the pre­sented ev­i­dence.”

Un­named in­di­vid­u­als who were ques­tioned pointed fin­gers at tele­vi­sion pun­dit Dennis Peng (

), a jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sor at Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity (NTU) and a lo­cal TV show host, be­liev­ing that Peng’s host­ing job was the main rea­son the NAO rolled up its sleeves for such an all-out in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In re­sponse, Li stated that Peng’s case was brought up by the Con­trol Yuan, which was con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into an un­named civil worker. In turn, the Con­trol Yuan brought the mat­ter to the NAO, ask­ing for a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether civil ser­vants and teach­ers have been con­duct­ing com­mer­cial busi­ness on the side. In­her­it­ing the fam­ily busi­ness also ap­plies.

Peng’s case was not deemed a “com­mer­cial busi­ness,” as it did not in­clude “en­ter­prise reg­is­tra­tion,” Li stated. The NAO has tar­geted “quid pro quo” cases of all stan­dard civil ser­vants, con­tract em­ploy­ees, jan­i­tors, tech­ni­cians and public school teach­ers who passed the re­quired ex­ams.

This round of NAO in­quiries also cov­ers lower-level gov­ern­ment work­ers, and jan­i­tors who hold jobs out­side the gov­ern­ment sec­tor could be­come a tar­get for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. This has re­sulted in a back­lash di­rected at the NAO from em­ploy­ees who have found the in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­rea­son­able.

Clash be­tween Pro­fes­sors

Peng’s case will be up for dis­cus­sion next week at the teacher re­view com­mit­tee, stated NTU.

NTU jour­nal­ism school pro­fes­sor Liu Ching-yi called the univer­sity’s de­ci­sion to let Peng host the talk show a “black box” op­er­a­tion. It was re­vealed by lo­cal media that Peng’s con­tract with Nex­tTV’s ( ) po­lit­i­cal talk show was based on “in­dus­try- aca­demic co­op­er­a­tion.”

At least four NTU stu­dents do paid in­tern­ships at Nex­tTV ev­ery year, head of NTU jour­nal­ism school Wang Tai-li ( ) stated, fur­ther point­ing out that the con­tract with Nex­tTV is the “first of its kind,” and co­op­er­ates with de­part­ments rang­ing from news, pro­gram­ming, and mar­ket­ing. “We are not just work­ing with the talk show Peng is host­ing.”

NTU jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sors re­torted, say­ing that Tai­wanese talk shows breed ru­mors and slan­der. “Our jour­nal­ism school wishes to cul­ti­vate a stu­dent’s edit­ing and in­ter­view­ing skills. Co­op­er­a­tion with a talk show does not show that.”

The in­dus­try- aca­demic pro­gram with Nex­tTV was shot down at the depart­ment’s in­sti­tute af­fairs coun­cil.

In re­sponse, Peng stated that it was un­heard of to see a pro­posal meet such ob­sta­cles, as NTU could usu­ally pass over 150 cases within two to three days. He also shot back at Liu, say­ing that as a teacher at NTU’s Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Na­tional De­vel­op­ment, she did not un­der­stand the in­ner work­ings of the jour­nal­ism school.

Peng de­scribed the re­marks made about his part-time job as envy of him and the talk show now be­ing fa­mous.

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