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Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai looks favorably forward to Hon Hai’s investment in medical industry

Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai looks favorably forward to Hon Hai’s investment in medical industry
May 10th, 2017
Reporter: Syu Jyun-Kuei/County Council

It was the second day of the 5th regular assembly of the 6th Kinmen County Council yesterday (May 9th). The agenda of the session was the Magistrate’s policy address and the Hon Hai Technology Group CEO Terry Gou’s inspection report on Kinmen’s investment environment. Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai addressed issues that concern councilors one by one. In response to the councilors’ concern about Kinmen’s electricity and water capacity in light of Hon Hai’s interest to invest, Chen replied that he will endeavor to increase investment in water and electricity construction.
At the start of the session, Councilor Syu Jian-Jhong questioned whether the Magistrate could deliver his platform advocated during the magistrate election to “ensure a NTD$ 30,000 annual royalty for the tobacco and liquor license”. Chen replied that it was a platform meant to become an objective after he took office, and the royalty shall “increase yearly”.
Syu pointed out that the royalty was NTD$13,000 in the first year the policy was enacted. It was NTD$ 17,000 in the second year and it is NTD$ 3,000 by now this year. He demanded more effort from the Magistrate.
Councilor Hong Hong-Bin’s concern was about Kinmen Bridge. He expressed that what people of Lieyu Township truly care about is the construction of Kinmen Bridge. Whether the new tender is able to deliver what has been guaranteed in the contract is important. Hong also stressed that in case of law violation, the contract must be upheld.
Chen indicated that the construction of Kinmen Bridge has seen numerous obstacles. The local government has dedicated a considerable budget, but the technical works have been entrusted to the National Expressway Engineering Bureau since the construction of Kinmen Bridge is administratively commissioned to the Bureau. That said, he escalated the issue to the Executive Yuan. In response to the concern about performance bond, he said that the operation will fully adhere to the contract and that in a few days the Executive Yuan will call up an interdepartmental meeting to address the matter.
Medical resources-wise, Hong pointed out that in comparison to the condition of the greater Kinmen, Lieyu Township is more urgently in need of medical resources. For instance, this may happen only once a month but in cases when the optometrist is not available for certain reasons like maternal leave, what should people who need to see an optometrist do meanwhile? He urged the County Government’s attention on filling in medical vacancy as such.
Chen explained that from talks with the civil affairs officials, he is aware of people’s discontenment towards the lack of medical resources. He demanded Director-general Wang Han-Jhih of the Public Health Bureau to come up with medical policies. He also reckoned that special policy and high incentive are needed for Lieyu’s medical industry. Lieyu has permanent residence less than 70,000 people. Few days earlier, Terry Gou visited Kinmen and was accompanied by Magistrate Chen and Councilor Hong to visit Lieyu Township. Chen expressed that he too has a special bond with Lieyu Township. After meeting with Gou and learned that Gou is interested in the establishment of the cross-strait special medical zone, he believed that Kinmen’s medical industry will see positive changes as long as policy allows.
Additionally, Hong inquired whether the Magistrate supports the proposal of setting corresponding piers of Da-dan and Er-dan in Lieyu Township. Chen replied saying that he absolutely supports it.
Cai Chun-Sheng questioned whether every deputy director-general is assigned a business car and a driver. He wondered if particular people were given preferential treatment. Chen denied, saying that it is impossible and that each bureau has its own arrangement.
Cai also mentioned rumors about big-headed county government executives. He questioned the Magistrate’s choice of executives that seem to be stalling things off using unsuitable regulations as excuses. He demanded personnel delegation to focus on finding people who actually take action instead of those who only care about saving their necks.
Councilor Li Ying-Wun worried that the County Government policies about developing “XXX Island” would fail. Kinmen is heavily based on the agricultural sector. However, the quarterly agriculture budget is only 7.08%. He thought there is room for improvement. Otherwise, the percentage would not have been so low. There is clearly something wrong with the execution.
In response to Li’s concern, Chen urged him to look behind the figures and see the bigger picture instead. Construction agenda is prioritized. In terms of the greater environment, the construction of water and electricity facilities is the first thing required. That said, the construction of Modules 9 and 10 power plant is already underway.
In regard to forward-looking construction, Li asked when the 13.3-billion budget will be approved. Chen was quite sure that it is very unlikely.
Li then asked again when the budget will be given if the Legislative Yuan approves the budget request. He said from his experience that usually the budget would be given in four to five years after the time the request was submitted, and that would be too late. He reiterated that it is the County Government’s responsibility to endeavor for budgets. County Government must not settle for what’s left and unwanted by others. Chen replied that he would prioritize to endeavor for budgets that are pressing.
Li also expressed his disappointment about Hon Hai’s inspection report on Kinmen’s investment environment. He questioned that Shamei is the biggest land available, yet CEO Gou was not brought to Shamei. In response to Li’s query, Chen said that the development of Kinmen ought to be considered in a broader perspective as an “island” instead of segmenting Kinmen by townships.
Li also brought up his concern that whether current water and electricity capacity is sufficient if Gou really invested. He wanted a guarantee from the Magistrate. Chen replied saying that the investment plan is still up in the air. Meanwhile, investment in water and electricity construction will be enhanced.
Concerning the investment plans over the recent years, Councilor Chen Cang-Jiang inquired about two investment plans, the Taiwan Land Development Corporation and Wellness Park investment plans. He asked if the Magistrate is worried about the future development of Taiwan Land investment plan. He also asked what the Magistrate plans to do with the undelivered items of Taiwan Land’s investment plan and whether he would terminate the contract. Chen replied that in honor of the contract, what needs to be done will be done, but contract termination is not an option.
According to Taiwan Land’s contract, the second phase construction of the tourism hotel should be completed in 2017. Chen Cang-Jiang asked for the Magistrate’s thought on this matter and when the second phase construction will be completed. Director-general of the Economic Affairs Department Li Bin replied that report of Taiwan Land’s second phase construction has been submitted and has to undergo an environmental impact assessment. Upon hearing that, Chen unpleasantly asked about the timing of the assessment.
Chen Cang-Jiang thought that these two investment plans ought to be terminated. Assessment was already done before the construction of Wellness Park started. However, in the middle of the construction when capital started running low, they brought up another environmental impact assessment. Chen criticized the procedure as nonsense and emphasized that he will keep a close eye on these two investment plans.

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  • Date:2017-11-30