Friday, June 03, 2011

Resignation is not solution

The most frequently asked question in Taiwan nowadays is "what can I eat/drink?" or "can I eat/drink this or that?" for staggering amount of foods, drinks, medicine, and even cosmetics were found tainted with DEHP, a carcinogenic additive also known as plasticizer, which was not listed on the official checklist before when products get approved for the market. The opposition DPP yesterday demanded that the heads of health administration and environmental protection administration should step down to take full responsibility of this cancer-inflicted plasticizer issue.

I do not think now is the right time for finding whose fault it is. The clear and present danger is the toxic chemicals are destroying the health of our citizens, and we must find ways to stop it fast. We are at war with conscienceless businessmen and we need able leaders to lead the fight.

In addition, the international image of Taiwan is also harmed because a number of exported products were found containing plasticizers. We must admit our mistake for not examining those export thoroughly and retrieve all the tainted products if necessary. Efforts must be made to deter future damage. If we want to rebuild the confidence of foreign consumers to products made in Taiwan, we must win this battle against plasticizers.

Any person who has a basic knowledge of fighting a war knows that it is unwise to relieve a commanding officer before the eve of a battle. Reckless relief would lead not just low morale of soldiers but catastrophic failure of the whole campaign. We urge the government officials responsible for tackling with tainted products issue to stay focused and think nothing else but get your job done.

Furthermore, speaking of responsibility, does DPP have nothing to do with it? A preliminary investigation showed that these toxic chemicals had been used as additives for over thirty years, during which period, DPP was the ruling party from 2000 to 2008. Why did not you find out then there were such toxic chemicals in consumer products?

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