PFP politician accuses Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou of accepting money

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Outspoken former People First Party lawmaker Liu Wen-hsiung accused President Ma Ying-jeou Tuesday of having accepted NT$200 million (US$6.6 million) during his 2008 election campaign.
Ruling Kuomintang spokeswoman Lai Su-ju, who was present at the television talk show where Liu made his allegations, said the former legislator should provide evidence before he made such allegations.
Liu’s statements marked the first time that the PFP intervened in the stream of corruption allegations leveled at each other by the two main parties, Ma’s KMT and the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
The KMT has accused DPP chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen of conflict of interest by approving government investment in a biotechnology firm when she was vice premier in 2007 just months before she joined the company as chairwoman.
The DPP on the other hand accuses Ma of irregular practices in the sale of the TaipeiBank to the Fubon Financial Holding almost a decade ago when he was mayor of Taipei.
Tsai and Ma have both strongly defended their innocence, blaming the accusations on smear campaigns by the opposite side in the run-up to the January 14 election.
Liu, who is running for a seat at the Legislative Yuan, said he had a friend who could testify that the money went to Ma.