Taiwan's education ministry says National Taiwan University (NTU) should conduct an investigation into suspected wrongdoing involving NTU President-elect Kuan Chung-ming. That's the word from Deputy Education Minister Lin Teng-chiao on Wednesday.
Kuan is one of Taiwan's leading economists. He was elected president of the nation's top-ranked university in early January. However, the education ministry did not approve his appointment until Monday, saying there were irregularities in the election process.
Kuan's supporters say the government's moves are politically motivated, since he has maintained friendly ties with the opposition Kuomintang (KMT).
Kuan is set to take office on January 8. But new accusations of wrongdoing are adding a level of uncertainty to that timeline. A local newspaper � the Liberty Times � says Kuan violated an act governing civil servants when he took government posts between 2012 and 2015. The newspaper says Kuan failed to disclose a writer's fee from that period, an allegation that Kuan's lawyer says is false.
Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday appointed Deputy Education Minister Yao Leehter as acting minister following the resignation of Yeh Jiunn-rong a day earlier. Yeh resigned over the controversy surrounding Kuan's appointment as NTU president.
Reports say that Taiwan's premier and president were blindsided by Yeh's sudden announcement that the education ministry was approving the appointment.