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Piggy banks spark row between opposition, ruling parties

Piggy banks spark row between opposition, ruling parties

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP's) launch of a "piggy bank campaign" to collect small donations from its supporters has sparked political sniping over the merit of the promotional gambit. Chao Li-yun, the legislative caucus whip of the Kuomintang (KMT), questioned at a press conference Monday what would become of the 1 million "dead piggy bank bodies" that the DPP plans to order, saying the DPP will not be able to deal with the plastic waste. Chao also said the campaign was encouraging people to stuff money into a piggy bank in a short period of time and to give that money away to a politician, distorting the original purpose of piggy banks to encourage long-term savings. "What would it teach the children?" Chao asked. DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher responded, however, that the piggy banks do not have to be broken open to retrieve the money as long as it's done skillfully, and he suggested the piggy banks could be used as decorations or reused. Huang said the "piggy bank campaign" highlighted the financial gap between the KMT and the DPP, and the unfairness of the election. Meanwhile, DPP spokesman Chen Chi-mai said the same day that his party will ask all donors to leave their names and telephone numbers on the piggy banks, and that the DPP will issue receipts and declare the donations according to law, even for anonymous donations. He estimated that each piggy bank could hold around NT$500 (US$16.59) if filled with NT$1 coins, and up to NT$4,000 if filled with NT$50 coins, which is lower than the NT$10,000 upper limit for anonymous political donations as stipulated in the country's Political Donations Act. In addition to calling on the public to provide their information, Chen said his party would also ask donors to write their blessings for Taiwan, their expectations of the DPP and their visions of the future on the piggy banks. More than 150,000 piggy banks had already been distributed as of Friday, and the number could increase to 200,000 by the end of this week, another DPP spokesman, Lin Chun-hsien, estimated. The campaign began three weeks ago. Given the enthusiastic response, Lin said the DPP has asked factories to churn out more piggy banks because they were in short supply. (By Justin Su, Wen Kuei-hsiang, Sophia Yeh and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-06-21 22:21 GMT+08:00