1,000 civil ser­vants have un­law­ful ven­tures: gov’t

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Up to 1,000 public ser­vants vi­o­late reg­u­la­tions by work­ing part­time for a sep­a­rate busi­ness and should be dis­ci­plined ac­cord­ingly, the Min­istry of Civil Ser­vice (MOCS,

) said yesterday. The MOCS’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion was car­ried out in 93 gov­ern­ment agen­cies be­tween July and Aug. 10.

Among the nearly 4,000 public ser­vants in­ves­ti­gated, about 1,000 were found to vi­o­late the law by be­ing in­volved in another pri­vate busi­ness. They serve as busi­ness owner, board di­rec­tor or su­per­vi­sor or in other po­si­tions.

About 100 of them were com­pen­sated for their ser­vice or ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in busi­ness oper­a­tions, the MOCS said, adding that they should be re­moved from their public posts.

About 50 high-rank­ing ser­vants will be turned over to the Con­trol Yuan for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and the rest will be probed by a public ser­vant dis­ci­pline re­view com­mit­tee.

Not all cases are con­sid­ered illegal, in­clud­ing civil ser­vants who are ap­pointed by the gov­ern­ment to hold com­pany owner, di­rec­tor or su­per­vi­sor po­si­tions, and those who serve in these po­si­tions in a com­pany that has closed down.

In other cases, names of public ser­vants could be used with­out their knowl­edge for com­pany po­si­tions. They will not be pun­ished ei­ther.

The re­port was is­sued by the MOCS yesterday in an at­tempt to re­buke a media re­port that the gov­ern­ment has given great lee­way to public ser­vants in their pri­vate busi­ness ven­tures.

A new au­dit sys­tem to pre­vent such vi­o­la­tions from oc­cur­ring again will be es­tab­lished in part­ner­ship with the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan and the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs, the MOCS said in the press re­lease.

The MOCS said in­ves­ti­ga­tions for vi­o­la­tions will take place ev­ery year, and that those who breach the law will be turned over to the com­pe­tent au­thor­ity.

The gov­ern­ment will also hold sem­i­nars to no­tify public ser­vants of the ap­pli­ca­ble reg­u­la­tions to fol­low.

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