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President demands Clara Chou apologize

President demands Clara Chou apologize

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The Presidential Office on Sunday demanded that radio host Clara Chou apologize for besmearing President Ma Ying-jeou by alleging that he had accepted NT$200 million (U$6.3 million), in political donations from Ting Hsin International Group. Presidential Spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo (no relation to the president) said the president will file personal lawsuits against Chou in the coming few days, charging that her allegations about the president and the Kuomintang (KMT) had seriously damaged the president's reputation. The suits will be both civil and criminal, according to the spokeswoman, who warned other media pundits not to keep spreading "false information" if they do not want to get into legal troubles. The president's toughness may have come from a Facebook message posted by Chang Jung-feng, a former deputy secretary general of the National Security Council who might have been quoted by Chou as a source to make her allegations against President Ma. Chang said he deplores the fact that his private conversation with Chou had been used to make public accusations. "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. The context of his being misquoted during a private conversation with Chou on Dec. 3 was that in the wake of Chou mentioning that there were rumors about Ting Hsin having made a NT$1 billion political donation to the KMT, 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," according to Chang. (By Lee Shu-hua and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-01-19 01:07 GMT+08:00