Liao Feng-teh

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Liao Feng-teh
Member of the Legislative Yuan
In office
1 February 1999 – 31 January 2005
Constituency Yilan County
Director of the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of China
In office
Vice President Lien Chan
Personal details
Born (1951-04-17)April 17, 1951
Tungshan Township, Yilan County, Taiwan
Died May 10, 2008(2008-05-10) (aged 57)
Muzha District, Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Republic of China
Political party Kuomintang
Alma mater National Chengchi University

Liao Feng-teh (Chinese: 廖風德; pinyin: Liaò Fēngdé; April 17, 1951 – May 10, 2008) was a Taiwanese politician who held leadership positions in the Kuomintang. Liao was chosen to become the Interior Minister designate in 2008 under Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou, following Ma's victory in the Taiwanese Presidential Election of 2008.[1] However, Liao, Deputy Secretary-General of the Kuomintang, died of cardiopulmonary failure while hiking on May 10, 2008, before he could take office.[1]

Early life[edit]

Liao Feng-teh was a native of Tungshan Township, which is located in Yilan County, Taiwan in northeast Taiwan.[1] He received his doctorate in history from National Chengchi University.[1] Liao worked as a reporter for the China Daily News, a Chinese language daily newspaper, which is run by the KMT.[1] He also worked as a novelist and playwright before entering politics within the KMT.[1]

Political career[edit]

Liao Feng-teh worked as the director of the office of the then Vice President of the Republic of China Lien Chan from 1997 until 1999.[1] He then served as a legislator in the Legislative Yuan from 1999 until 2005.[1]

Laio had served as the director of the Kuomintang's Organizational Development Committee since 2004.[1] He oversaw eight successful election campaigns for the KMT from 2004 until the Presidential election in 2008.[1]

Following the 2008 election victory of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, was chosen as the country's new Interior Minister designate.[1] He would have taken office with the new KMT controlled government on May 20, 2008.[1]


Liao was found unconscious by hikers on a mountain path near his home in Muzha, near the intersection of Wannin Street and Jungong Road on the outskirts Taipei, at 4:05 P.M. on May 10, 2008.[1] He had suffered from massive cardiopulmonary failure.[1] Liao was rushed to Wan Fang Hospital where doctors attempted to resuscitate for five hours.[1] Officials from the new KMT government rushed to the hospital upon hearing the news, including President Ma Ying-jeou, Vice President Vincent Siew and KMT Chairman Wu Po-hsiung, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan and other members of the new cabinet.[1] However, Liao Feng-Teh was pronounced dead at 9:05 PM on May 10, 2008, at the age of 57.[1]