It’s been more than nine months since Kuan Chung-ming, a leading economist, was elected president of National Taiwan University (NTU). The news came as a surprise to the former National Development Council (NDC) minister that the election committee chose him over seven other distinguished academics. That’s because Kuan is not an NTU alumnus, nor did he seek the much coveted job.
An independent who is generally considered as having friendly ties with opposition Kuomintang (KMT) heavyweights, Kuan announced immediately that he would withdraw from all political activities. The mild-mannered scholar was originally planning to take up his post in February. But little did he know that the glory was short-lived and has been quickly turned into a nightmare.