1,000 civil servants have unlawful ventures: Taiwan govt

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Up to 1,000 public servants violate regulations by working part-time 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.