Minister draws ire on iPhone posting as Taiwan Cabinet calls for support for struggling HTC

Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Galaxy S3, iPhone 5 or HTC One? That's a tough question for Taiwan's Cabinet ministers.

Senior Taiwanese officials have been under scrutiny for the smartphones they use — specifically whether they support Taiwan's HTC Corp., which has a big role the island's high-tech economy.

Hu Yu-wei, the information minister and government spokesman, stirred up controversy Sunday for posting on his Facebook page a picture of a black iPhone 5. Facing heavy criticism, he later explained that he did yet not possess the latest phone by Apple Inc. and was only considering purchasing one.

"Help the economy and bolster consumption," Hu wrote under the picture showing the Apple handset's black case with its telltale icon.

View Comments (4)