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Ex-official objects to personal remarks being used for accusations

Ex-official objects to personal remarks being used for accusations

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) A former security official embroiled in a high-profile political allegation said Sunday that while he detests corruption, he also deplores the fact that his private conversation has been used to make public accusations. Chang Jung-feng was deputy secretary general of the National Security Council from 2000 to 2003 and has been implicated by media personality Clara Chou, who has made the accusation that President Ma Ying-jeou accepted NT$200 million in political donations from the Ting Hsin International Group, which has recently been in the news following a spate of food safety scandals. Chou quoted a "senior national security official" alleging that Ting Hsin made a NT$200 million donation to the Kuomintang (KMT), which was led by Ma from 2005 to 2014. "What I discussed with Ms. Chou was not whether the KMT had received any political donations from Ting Hsin. My point (in the conversation with Chou) was that if Ting Hsin ever makes a political donation, it will offer NT$200 million at the most," Chang said in a Facebook post. The context of his being misquoted during a private conversation with Chou on Dec. 3 was in wake of Chou mentioning to him that there were rumors about Ting Hsin having made a NT$1 billion political donation to the KMT, to which Chang replied that "most people in the private sector know that if Ting Hsin were to make a donation, it will donate NT$200 million at best," Chang explained. He added that he never minced his words while criticizing many policy problems of the Ma administration and he even advocated a thorough investigation into the corruption allegations made against the ruling KMT. "However," Chang said, "I can never condone the practice of using unconfirmed private conversation as evidence to make public accusations." In this connection, he disclosed that Chou had sent him a text message on Dec. 25 asking him to extend a confidential testimony regarding this case. As many pundits have guessed that the person whom Chou has been quoting as a "senior security" source in her accusations against Ma is none other than Chang, Chang said he felt it was time he stepped forward to make things clear to all. In response to Chang's statements, Chou said she respects what Chang has to say about her in his Facebook post, but will not comment further since the whole case is now being investigated by the Special Prosecutors Division, led by the country's prosecutor general. Chang also said he has traveled frequently to mainland China during recent years, witnessing a clean and efficient side of the Chinese government, as well as rampant corruption in the Chinese society. In comparison, he said, "What I have been seeing in Taiwan in recent years is boldness in infighting and an unwillingness to solve public policy issues-a depressing trend that has pulled back the nation both politically and economically." (By Lee Shu-hua and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-05-12 20:12 GMT+08:00