Yeh Kuang-shih

Yeh Kuang-shih (Chinese: 葉匡時; pinyin: Yè Kuāngshí; born 1957 in Hualien) is a Taiwanese politician and management scientist. He was the Minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications from 18 February 2013 until 9 January 2015, and one of the three deputy mayors of Kaohsiung within the municipal administration of Han Kuo-yu from 25 December 2018 to 12 June 2020.

Yeh Kuang-shih
Yeh Kuang-shih having signed an MoU with Akita Prefecture
Deputy Mayor of Kaohsiung
In office
25 December 2018 – 12 June 2020
Serving with Lee Shu-chuan
MayorHan Kuo-yu
Minister of Transportation and Communications of the Republic of China
In office
18 February 2013 – 9 January 2015
DeputyChen Chwen-jing, Chen Jian-yu, Hsu Chun-yat
Chen Chwen-jing, Chen Jian-yu, Fan Chih-ku
Chen Jian-yu, Fan Chih-ku[1]
Preceded byMao Chi-kuo
Succeeded byChen Jian-yu
Political Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications of the Republic of China
In office
June 2009 – February 2013
MinisterMao Chi-kuo
Succeeded byChen Chwen-jing
Deputy Minister of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission
In office
May 2008 – June 2009
MinisterJiang Yi-huah
Personal details
Born(1957-01-07)7 January 1957
Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyKuomintang
Alma materNational Taiwan University
University of Delaware
Carnegie Mellon University

Early lifeEdit

Yeh Kuang-shih was born in Hualien City in 1957. His parents are immigrants from Zhejiang, China.[2] He graduated from National Taiwan University with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1979. He then obtained a master's degree in public administration at University of Delaware in 1984, and a PhD in organization theory at Carnegie Mellon University in 1990.[3]

Academic careerEdit

Yeh was a professor at Sun Yat-sen University in Department of Business Administration from 1991 to 2015. He has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has written several books on business administration.[3]

After resigning from his post as the Minister of Transportation and Communications in 2015, Yeh left Sun Yat-sen University for the Graduate Institute of Technology Innovation & Intellectual Property Management at National Chengchi University.[4] He retired in 2018.[5]

Political careerEdit

Deputy Minister of the Research, Development and Evaluation CommissionEdit

Yeh served as the Deputy Minister of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission from 2008 to 2009. During his time he participated in the Organizational Reform of Executive Yuan.[6]

Political Deputy Minister of Transportation and CommunicationsEdit

From 2009 to 2013 Yeh served as the Political Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications. During this time, he instituted Taoyuan International Airport Corporation, the operator of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and served as the first chairman.[7]

Minister of Transportation and CommunicationsEdit

After Premier Sean Chen stepped down in 2013, Yeh replaced Mao Chi-kuo as the Minister of Transportation and Communications.

2013 Nantou earthquakeEdit

Right after an earthquake struck Taiwan on 27 March 2013, Yeh ordered all officials within the ministry departments to conduct checks on any damage caused by the earthquake.[8]

Taoyuan International Airport MRT delayEdit

Commenting on the completion delay of Taoyuan International Airport MRT in mid April 2013, Yeh said that he hoped that the line can be opened somewhere before October 2014, after the ROC Ministry of Transportation and Communications had postponed it from its original June 2013 official launch. He added that the delay is caused by the MRT electromechanical systems in which it is still currently being worked out by the appointed contractor.[9]

In early May 2013 during a session at the Transportation Committee of the Legislative Yuan, Yeh became the target of heavy criticism due to the ongoing delay of the airport MRT completion, even the DPP asked Yeh to resign as his responsibility of the delay. Yeh responded by stating that he had already questioned the train signaling system contractor legitimacy and the tender process in choosing the contractors. He added that any dispute regarding the tender and bidding process had long been officially closed since the investigator could not find anything illegal. However, he promised to further submit all of the information found to prosecutor for further investigation.[10]

ROC first casinoEdit

After the Executive Yuan approval in early May 2013 in establishing ROC first casino, Yeh said that ROC government considers that the casino will be established in Lienchiang, Fukien Province, not in Taiwan Island. He expected that the casino resort will house the casino, hotel, convention and other facilities. The casino resort is expected to be established in 2019 the earliest.[11]


On January 7, 2015, which happens to be Yeh's birthday, Yeh resigned after failure to secure support from his party to Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation’s (THSRC) financial restructuring plan. The plan was perceived by some lawmakers to benefit the investors more than the public, or unnecessary because THSRC is not in imminent danger to go bankrupt, or the government should let the corp go bankrupt.[12] A modified version of the financial restructuring plan was passed later that year.[13]

Later that year, he became an adviser to Hung Hsiu-chu's presidential campaign.[14] Hung was eventually replaced by Eric Chu to represent the party in the election.[15]

Deputy mayor of KaohsiungEdit

Yeh was appointed deputy mayor of Kaohsiung in December 2018 by Han Kuo-yu,[16] serving alongside Lee Shu-chuan and Chen Hsiung-wen. He mainly focused on policies related to economic development, transportation, tourism, culture, and education. The appointment ended in June 2020 after the recall of mayor Han.


  1. ^ "Minister Of Motc - Ministry Of Transportation And Communications R.O.C". Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  2. ^ "葉匡時憶童年 學校禁說大陳話" (in Chinese). 中央社.
  3. ^ a b "Faculty information for Yuang S. Yeh". National Sun Yet-sen University. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  4. ^ 羅暐智 (2015-08-04). "找葉匡時運籌帷幄 洪秀柱將打政策牌對決小英". Storm Media (in Chinese). Retrieved 2015-08-05.
  5. ^ "打算參選台北市長?葉匡時提前自政大教職退休" (in Chinese). 自由時報. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  6. ^ 黃維助 (2009-02-24). "政院組織精簡 擬裁25政務官" (in Chinese). Liberty Times. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  7. ^ "Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 2010 Annual Report" (PDF). Tai Wan Tao Yuan Guo Ji Ji Chang ... Nian du Nian Jian = Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Annual Report. Taoyuan International Airport Corporation. 2010. ISSN 1992-8599. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  8. ^ "1 dead, over 80 injured in 6.1 quake". The China Post. 1999-09-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  9. ^ "Minister critical of delays in Airport Rail construction". Taipei Times. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  10. ^ "Ministry gets flak over Airport Rail". Taipei Times. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  11. ^ "Cabinet approves draft bill for casinos on islands". Taipei Times. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  12. ^ Shelley Shan (2015-01-08). "Transport minister quits over THSRC". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  13. ^ 林淑慧 (2015-05-22). "揮別破產 高鐵財改重生" (in Chinese). Commercial Times. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  14. ^ Hsiao, Alison (2015-10-24). "Hung to sue over Storm Media report". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  15. ^ 施曉光 (2015-10-18). "臨全會換柱案 馬連吳王舉手支持" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  16. ^ Wang, Jung-hsiang; Lai, Hsiao-tung (17 December 2018). "New Taipei City official to be Han's deputy". Taipei Times. Retrieved 17 December 2018.