Taiwan’s Foxconn founder cancels meeting with KMT leader after Facebook backlash

If there is no special topic to discuss, meetings with Wu or Han not necessary: Gou spokeswoman

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Foxconn founder Terry Gou (left) and KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih.

Foxconn founder Terry Gou (left) and KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) canceled plans for a meeting with Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) after 500 fans deserted a Facebook group in protest, reports said Thursday (October 3).

Gou lost the KMT presidential primaries before going on to consider an independent presidential bid. Last month, the tycoon surprised the public by deciding against a candidacy, which might have damaged the chances of official KMT candidate, Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).

Even though Gou insisted on ending his KMT membership, the opposition party still hoped for a reconciliation in order to avoid a public split.

Yet, reports of an imminent meeting between Gou and Wu triggered a backlash on Facebook, where about 500 people withdrew from one group of supporters, the Central News Agency reported.

If there was no special subject for the meeting, then it did not need to take place, Gou spokeswoman Evelyn Tsai (蔡沁瑜) said, adding that the tycoon “felt bad” when he heard about his fans’ anger.

As to Han, Tsai said Gou did not have any special feelings against him, though he reportedly criticized the way certain media kept publishing negative stories about him in order to support the KMT candidate. Gou also reportedly expressed doubts about Han not having clearly explained his attitude toward China, CNA reported.

As long as those two issues had not been resolved, it would be difficult to regard the planning of a meeting between Gou and Han as a priority, Tsai said.

The founder of Foxconn Technology did not want to play a role in any effort to unite the “blue” camp for the January 2020 presidential and legislative elections as he had already left the KMT, his spokeswoman added.

Gou has recently been seen taking promotional pictures with legislative candidates for Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) Taiwan People’s Party, though Tsai told reporters he would not favor candidates who supported Taiwan Independence.