Ironically it was the old Chinese culture of the Emperors where public official mistakes were generally paid for with the official’s life. However, there is a tendency the world over for the public to demand someone to be punished or fired. Often the easiest way for a politician with administrative responsibility to blunt that responsibility is to fire some subordinates or demote or otherwise punish them. In Taiwan they have a demerit system. The leader must take the responsibility for the failure. Many politicians (and business executives) observe that there are thousands of subordinates and that they cannot be held responsible for the errors that any of them make. While the do not want the responsibility, they are the first to claim the credit if anything goes right. If an employee should be fired, then do so, but as this quotation observes to meet out discipline in response to criticism is reprehensible.
Yeh Kuang-shih, Minister of Transportation, Republic of China [Taiwan], Press Conference Regarding Airport Construction Delays, April 12, 2013