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KMT vice presidential candidate apologizes over military housing

KMT vice presidential candidate apologizes over military housing

Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) vice presidential candidate Wang Ju-hsuanagain apologized to the public Saturday over controversy surrounding her investments in housing units for military dependents.

In her opening remarks during a debate for the three vice presidential candidates, the 54-year-old lawyer said that she has never wanted to take advantage of anyone.

Wang, who is the running mate of Eric Chu, said she had the opportunity to visit some communities for military dependents recently, where she met some veterans.

She said the veterans told her that the housing units for military dependents were places for them to settle down and take shelter and that they were deeply hurt that these housing units have become a tool for investment.

"I hereby sincerely say I'm sorry," Wang said.

"I'm not a perfect person. Apologizing a hundred times may not make up for my mistake," she said.

Wang announced on Dec. 8 that she would donate the NT$13.8 million (US$420,000) she had made in profit from the housing investment to charity.

Wang said she began to take part in the women's rights movement when she was in her 20s.

She said she did not believe in politics when she was young and that taking part in social movement was a way for her to take care of disadvantaged groups.

It was not until as a lawyer she represented a woman who killed her husband due to domestic violence in 1993 that she realized the importance of changing the legal system through the power of politics, she said.

Wang said she therefore began to promote the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, which was finally passed by the Legislative Yuan in 1998.

She also detailed her achievements during her office as head of the Council of Labor Affairs between 2008 and 2012, which included the promotion of the labor pension and allowances for workers on parental leave. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-18 22:39 GMT+08:00