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Timing seen not right to address on '08 vote
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) dismissed a media report yesterday that he has decided not to run for 2008 presidential election with ex-Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), saying that he would not comment on the issue until "the time is ripe."
"I have made it clear that I will not talk about the issue for a period of time, which I meant not only one or two weeks," Wang said when he was asked by reporters in Kaohsiung to comment on a United Daily News report that he has decided to turn down Ma's invitation to be a running mate in the presidential election next year.
The report quoted anonymous source from the KMT central headquarters that Wang has determined not to accept Ma's invitation to form a presidential ticket as Ma's vice president. The decision came as a result of Wang's worry over the result of an ongoing trial of Ma over alleged corruption, the report said, as the court may consider depriving Ma's civil right of taking part at a presidential election as part of its legal punishment.
Car accident
A Taiwanese national and three Hong Kong citizens were injured in a car accident on the Alishan Mountain Road in Chiayi County yesterday. The victims were in a small bus carrying a group of 13 tourists from Hong Kong.
The four injured were sent to the St. Martin De Porres Hospital for treatment, and none of them were in life-threatening condition, the hospital told reporters.
The police said following a preliminary investigation that the cause of the incident was determined to be speeding coupled with bad visibility.
Saving coral reefs
A series of activities designed to call attention to the need for coral reef conservation kicked off yesterday at the Kending National Park in Pingtung County.
The Coral Reef Biodiversity and Conservation Week activities coincide with the spawning season for the coral off the southern Taiwan coast, according to the Kending National Park Administration, one of the event organizers. The Kending coral spawning season usually begins on the second Sunday of the third month of the lunar calendar.
Education resources
The education resources enjoyed by Taiwan students would be diluted if the government were to allow China citizens to study in Taiwan without working out proper complementary measures, a Ministry of Education official claimed yesterday.
In assessing whether to allow Chinese students to study here, the government needs also to take into account the possible decline in the quality of education and the policy's possible impact on the country's public order, said Szu Chi-pu, executive secretary of the ministry's Mainland Affairs Task Force.


Updated : 2020-12-03 03:35 GMT+08:00