By Ko Lin
Kuomintang Chairman and presidential candidate Eric Chu disclosed Monday that he is donating his mayoral salary to the New Taipei City government coffers as he will be taking a three-month leave of absence to concentrate on election campaigns.
Chu’s scheduled leave begins October 20 through January 16 next year, the day the nation’s presidential and legislative elections will be held, according to city government spokesman Lin Chieh-yu.
Earlier in the morning, the KMT chairman said officials running for elections while retaining two job titles is not a rare occurrence but observed in many countries. However, Chu’s actions have since received repeated outcry from Democratic Progressive Party members that he should instead resign from his mayoral position before joining the presidential bid.
The mayor is currently paid a monthly salary of NT$190,500 (US$6,350), Lin said, adding that a rounded figure of NT$600,000 (US$20,000) has already been donated by Chu in advance.
The Directorate-General of Personnel Administration (DGPA) disclosed Monday that a public servant having served more than 14 years in government positions is entitled to an annual paid leave of 30 days.
Combining Chu’s past career as university professor, magistrate of Taoyuan County, and mayor of New Taipei, his work experiences in the civil service currently amount to 23 years, the DGPA said, adding that the mayor is entitled to two months of paid leave as he has not taken any time off during his two years in office from 2013 to 2014.