Premier Lin Chuan had a breakfast meeting with the industry leaders yesterday. Some leaders worry that the current dispute over the "one fixed day off and one flexible work day" will worsen the current investment environment, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman Morris Chang, warned the government not to forsake older sectors such as semiconductors and said that problems regarding power supply needed to be handled proactively.
Many entrepreneurs showed up in the early morning, they wanted to get their views across to Premier Lin Chuan. The notable Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang criticized the government's inequitable distribution may cause setbacks to the semiconductor industry and development.
==MORRIS CHANG, TSMC Chairman==
Innovation is the culprit in distribution problems. I think the 5+2 new industries are good, but don't forget the older industries like the semiconductor industry. The successes of the new industries can never compensate for losses in the older industries. If you don't treat older industries with the respect they deserve, they will gradually turn down.
==LIN CHUAN, ROC Premier==
Many of our 5+2 industries are related to the semiconductor industry. Especially in the development of the Asian Silicon Valley Plan and smart technology, they all are all built on the extent strong competitive foundation of the semiconductor industry.
The entrepreneurs support the government making an amendment to the Electricity Act and promoting green energy. However, they worry the policy of getting rid of coal-fired power plants and nuclear power plants. The entrepreneurs believe that electricity supply will face a major challenge.
==LIN POR-FONG, Chinese Nat'l Assn. of Industry Commerce Chairman==
Coal-fired power plants must reduce their output by 35%, and nuclear power plants must reduce by 16%. How do you fill the 51% gap? We, the entrepreneurs are pessimistic and worried.
The participating entrepreneurs oversee the global economy downturn, they urge the government to work harder. The recent labor disputes and electricity supply problems created impressions of a worsening investment environment. Premier Lin Chuan emphasized policy proposals are under review, he will facilitate passage of legislation for enterprises to follow.
TRANSLATED BY：ANTHONY LIN
記者 黃立偉 張國樑 台北報導