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DPP lawmaker says Ko misunderstood him

DPP lawmaker says Ko misunderstood him

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party top lawmaker Ker Chien-ming testified in court Tuesday that Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je must have misunderstood comments he made about donations by tycoon Terry Gou.
Talk show host Clara Chou alleged that Gou, the founder and chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., gave NT$300 million (US$9.7 million) to the campaign of Kuomintang Taipei City mayoral candidate Sean Lien last year. As a result, Gou sued her, demanding NT$10 million (US$324,000) in compensation and public apologies in the media.
Chou said that it was Ko who had told her about the allegations against the businessman, while Ker was supposed to have told the mayor.
Testifying at the Taipei District Court Tuesday, the senior DPP legislator emphasized that all he had told Ko was that Gou had donated NT$300 million to the administration of previous Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin to finance the Taipei Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.
Ker insisted he had clearly told Ko what the case what about, but the mayor must have misunderstood. He should be responsible for his own words, the lawmaker said.
Ker also accused Chou of never having bothered to ask him for clarification. If each private conversation had to end up in court, then the judicial system would be paralyzed by the excess work, the lawmaker said.
Ker said the initial conversation about the money took place last July or August when Ko visited his office to ask him to get in touch with the Hon Hai chairman. Ker told the court that he felt uneasy at the prospect because he did not know Gou personally, while the tycoon’s political stance was obviously not in his favor.
A couple of weeks later, Gou and Ker happened to meet at a hotel, where the business leader told him he had received a request from Ko’s office to meet the then-mayoral candidate, but that he would have to turn down the invitation.
A couple of days later, Ker said he met Ko at his office for more than 40 minutes. Because he did not want to hurt the candidate’s feelings, Ker said he enumerated the examples of Gou supporting the KMT, including the donation for the World Expo, in order to make him understand that the tycoon would not support his election bid.
Ker said he was surprised when Ko, then already mayor, mentioned on television on January 14 that an unnamed businessman had donated NT$300 million to the Lien campaign. The next day, Chou named the businessman as Gou.


Updated : 2021-07-29 18:19 GMT+08:00