Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian is under fire for yet another alleged irregularity, this time claims that government funds were used to pay a housemaid working for his daughter and son-in-law. Mr Chen, who has been under pressure to quit over corruption allegations linked to his family and government, was accused by opposition parties yesterday of using taxpayers' money to pay for the maid, who is listed by the Presidential Office as the office caretaker. 'It is just absurd. He just sees the national coffers as a family coffer, using taxpayers' money to pay for a maid for his daughter and Chao Chien-ming,' said Pan Wei-kang, of the opposition Kuomintang. Ms Pan said a thorough investigation would be demanded, with repayment of the maid's six years of pay. The maid, identified as Lin Hsiu-jen, was paid NT$25,000 (HK$5,900) a month and KMT legislator Lee Yung-ping said it was pathetic for the president to 'pocket even such a small amount of money'. Even the embarrassed ruling Democratic Progressive Party admitted that, while there was nothing illegal in the transaction, it was still improper. 'Now that [Mr Chen] is involved in various controversies, it would be better for him to take note of how the public views this and be cautious in words and deeds because the public will put whatever he does under a magnifying glass,' party spokesman Tsai Huang-liang said. He said Mr Chen must take the maid back to work at the presidential residence rather than his old residence, where his daughter and her husband live. DPP legislator Chen Chin-jun said the incident was 'yet another blow' to the party, whose ratings have slipped due to corruption scandals implicating Mr Chen's family and aides. The Presidential Office confirmed yesterday the maid was employed as a presidential office caretaker but argued there was no problem with her being on the government payroll while working at Mr Chen's old home because it was part of the presidential residence. Mr Chen is under investigation over charges he embezzled NT$36 million in state funds allocated to his office for spending on diplomatic operations overseas. His wife's activities are also being probed, while his son-in-law has been indicted for insider trading. The Taipei district court yesterday upheld Chao's release on bail of NT$17 million despite prosecutors' requests that he be detained.