National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of National Development revoked Democratic Progressive Party Taoyuan City mayoral candidate Lin Chih-chien's master's degree on Aug. 9 after determining he committed plagiarism in his thesis. On Aug. 10, Lin continued to proclaim his innocence. Meanwhile, the academic integrity of Lin's thesis advisor, current National Security Bureau Director-General Chen Ming-tung, has also come under question.
On Aug. 9, National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of National Development revoked Democratic Progressive Party Taoyuan City mayoral candidate Lin Chih-chien's master's degree after determining he copied the thesis of another student named Yu Cheng-huang. Lin responded immediately by protesting his innocence. On Aug. 10, he once again said he was innocent of plagiarism.
Lin Chih-chien, DPP Taoyuan City Mayoral Candidate: “I provided witness testimony, material evidence, and notarized materials during this process. It's so unfortunate and regretful that the academic ethics committee convened by Dean Su Hung-dah didn't examine these materials.”
With regards to the revocation of his degree, Lin said he will wait until he receives related documents before discussing how to respond with his legal team. Yu's lawyer has not ruled out filing a lawsuit against Lin for slander, and Lin's response was that people shouldn't thank people to their faces and then shoot arrows behind their back. This scandal has raised questions about Lin's political integrity, and his opponents called for him to withdraw from the race.
Simon Chang, KMT Taoyuan City Mayoral Candidate: “Academics has its own place, and we're focusing on our itinerary and getting in touch with the people.”
Lai Hsiang-ling, TPP Taoyuan City Mayoral Candidate: “He (Lin Chih-chien) doesn't need to use a political discourse to say that he's willing to appear before the academic ethics committee to explain and then accuse committee members of having a political agenda.”
Lin's thesis advisor was Chen Ming-tung, who is currently the director-general of the National Security Bureau. Chen's academic integrity has also come under question.
Wang Hung-wei, Taipei City Councilor (KMT): “NTU should not only punish this student Lin Chih-chien, but also Chen Ming-tung, who was Lin's thesis advisor. I hope NTU can continue with this work.”
Chung Siao-ping, Taipei City Councilor (KMT): “The director-general of the NSB tried to pressure a low-level investigator named Yu Cheng-huang into taking responsibility for this Lin Chih-chien matter. What can I do if my boss orders me to do something? He chose to stand on the side of justice and expose this matter.”
On Aug. 10, Kuomintang Taipei City Councilor Chung Siao-ping filed a lawsuit against Chen with the Control Yuan. Chung intends to report Chen to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Aug. 11.