Sincere Apology to Dr. Shihwei Pan, Chair of the Council of Labor Affairs for Misrepresenting him as “Eating and Drinking” (and more)
I forwarded a photo ( it was public then, but now it is either private or removed) from the honoring ceremony for the model workers of Taiwan Federation of Labor (TFL, 台灣總工會, or Taiwan Zonggonghui, one of the national union federations in Taiwan) on the “wall” of my personal FaceBook account at 2:33am, May 6, 2013. It was a group photo of Dr. Shihwei Pan, Mr. Wen-Ya Dong, President of TFL, and one of the model workers of TFL.
I got a call from the lady president of First Commercial Bank Union (FCBU) where I am employed at around 7pm on May 8. My president told me that an officer of Council of Labor Affairs (CLA, the highest labor ministry in Taiwan) told her that Dr. Shihwei Pan, the CLA Chair was not satisfied about part of my critic “chi-chi he-he" (吃吃喝喝, which means eating and drinking) when I forwarded a photo from the honoring ceremony for model workers in Taiwan Federation of Labor (台灣總工會, or Taiwan Zonggonghui, one of the national union federations in Taiwan). The message showed Dr. Pan’s dissatisfaction on my words, and the possibility for further legal actions if I don’t delete them, and so on.
I thank the CLA officer and my president’s goodwill for transferring the message to me, and I would agree to conform to the message conveyed, furthermore, I would make some remarks on it.
Reviewing the words I posted, Sincerely, I am willing to apologize for the words “chi-chi he-he” (eating and drinking), for I wasn’t there observing personally Dr. Pan’s “eating and drinking”, and I have not seen any photos which shows Dr. Pan’s “eating and drinking”. In that sense, it is truly unjustified to say that, and it’s really a lack of evidence. I am responsible for my words, and I am responsible for the lack of reviewing relevant evidence, so I would like to apologize to Dr. Pan sincerely.
Frankly, it is true that eating or not is something can’t be fooled around. For example, during the lunch time on May 6 when some of the laid-off workers (some of them had been in hunger strike for several days, but no CLA officers had gone downstairs to talk to them) attended a meeting in the Legislative Yuan, some of the CLA officers ate their lunch box besides the starving workers who haven’t eaten anything for days.
There’s a photo:
Media and legislators have lots of strong critics on this scene, for example: Workers on hunger strike for8 days surrounded by the smell of the rice, officers were criticized too cruel on biting the lunch box.。
Only eating a lunch box could be scolded like that, of course you can’t be vague at all and have to state it clearly if you didn’t eat (or haven’t been taken a photo that shows you were eating)!
For the rest of my critics (and also other posts which I mentioned about Dr. Pan), however, they were basically based upon the speaking and action of himself. Being the highest officer in the highest labor administration in the Republic of China, even any single utterance or action of Dr. Pan would mean something greatly, so all of them are something could be reviewed, criticized and judged. As a citizen and a labor activist, I have my rights to speak on any relevant matters, and no one has the rights to violate or interfere it.
An accompanying statement: all that I post on the wall of my personal account on FaceBook, unless with particular reference or directly relates to FCBU, is my personal opinion and does not apply to FCBU. If Dr. Pan has any opinion on my words, he can reply on it or contact with me directly. There is no point to transfer the message via several middlemen, for it is a burden to all of them, and the message transferred might be misunderstood. If Dr. Pan would like to sue me on my words I post on the internet, whether if it is from the public resources of CLA or his own name, it is Dr. Pan’s right which I shall respect, whether it is proper or not.
Because of the limitation of FaceBook, the posts themselves can not be amended, but for my sincerity and goodwill, I delete the original post; but for the loyalty to my freedom of speech, I repost the amended words of the original post, after deleting the abovementioned words which shows a lack of evidence below (though the original photo was turned to private or removed, so I can’t forward it anymore).
修正後的文字如下/ Here are the amended words after deleting the abovementioned words which shows a lack of evidence:
Where’s Shiwei Pan, the CLA Chair? He’s been continuing his schedules on this kind of patronizing workers in the “model workers honoring ceremonies" like this even the laid-off workers have been in hunger strike outside his office for a week.