Former National Palace Museum (NPM) director Feng Ming-chu (???) said on Tuesday that she has resigned from her position as an adviser to Beijing's Palace Museum in the wake of allegations that she might have violated the nation's revolving door regulations and restrictions on public officials traveling to China.
Upon being informed of her decision the National Palace Museum said it "respects Feng's decision."
Feng indicated that one of the reasons for her resignation was a comment by incumbent NPM Director Lin Cheng-yi (???) that it was "inappropriate" for her to serve as an adviser to the Palace Museum in Beijing.
Feng said on Tuesday that she has worked in the field of culture for 38 years and is open to sharing her experience with museums around the world. She also noted that her position at the Palace Museum was as an adviser and a matter of academic exchange, involving no administrative responsibilities, salary or stipulations on period of employment.
Since Feng's appointment was first reported last month, lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party have demanded that the NPM, the Cabinet and the Control Yuan, the government's top watchdog agency, launch an investigation to determine whether the former NPM director has violated the law.
Under the Civil Servant Service Act, public officials are forbidden from becoming directors, supervisors, managers, shareholders or advisers in companies directly related to their former work for a three-year period after they retire.
Before leaving the NPM in May, Feng allegedly approved her own application to shorten the period in which she would be forbidden from traveling to China from three years to three months, according to the legislators.
The Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, states that former political appointees and local government heads who plan to travel to China within three years of leaving office are required to obtain prior approval from a screening committee comprised of officials from related government agencies.
However, the law also contains a clause that allows the period of restricted travel to be shortened or extended based on the nature of the applicant's former job.
Feng said on Tuesday that the travel period was reduced to three months because the NPM is not involved in national security. She also noted that the NPM is not the only government agency to limit travel to China by former officials to three months.
Feng said that having been a political appointee, she became a private citizen when the new government took office on May 20. She denied violating the law and refuted suggestions that she could leak national secrets.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel