Premier promises to employ strict standards for Cabinet members

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Premier Lai Ching-te said Monday during a visit to the Legislative Yuan that he will adopt the same strict standards of conduct for supervision of the Executive Yuan as when he served as a legislator, to demand more commitment from his Cabinet. During a meeting with Legislative Yuan Speaker Su Jia-chyuan, Deputy Legislative Speaker Tsai Chi-chang and the whips of several legislative caucuses, Lai also said he will ask his Cabinet to adopt a suggestion by Su to strengthen communication with all the legislative caucuses. The legislative whips included Ker Chien-ming, the caucus convener of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP); Hsu Yung-ming, legislative caucus leader of the minor opposition New Power Party; and People First Party legislative caucus whip Lee Hung-chun. Su said that former Premier Lin Chuan has laid a solid foundation for the country's development and he expressed hope that Lai will continue following the policy line, while carrying out economic reforms and working to improve social order. Su also expressed hope that the new Cabinet will improve communication with the legislative caucuses of the ruling and opposition parties. After the meeting, Lai paid separate calls on Kuomintang caucus whips Lin Te-fu, Lin Wei-chou and several other KMT caucus members. During the meeting, Lin Wei-chou suggested that Lai should be more open-minded to better accommodate public opinion and put his focus on the country's energy policy, the "one fixed day off and one flexible rest day" five-day workweek system and cross-Taiwan Strait issues.