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Apologies inadequate to redress Feb. 28 tragedy: Ma

Opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou pledged Thursday to build a national February 28 memorial hall and continue research on the 61-year-old tragedy and publish biographies of people involved, if he wins on March 22.
Ma, whose party troops killed thousands of Taiwanese civilians to suppress a 1947 rebellion, said that owning mistake and offering apologies are not enough to redress the wounded episode of history. Rather, Ma said it is more important that future generations remember the incident to avoid repeat of similar tragedies.
The KMT nominee made the statements when attending a memorial service in Chaiyi City to mark the 61st anniversary of the incident. Over 100 family members of the victims from different parts of the country took part in the event in a show of their acceptance of Ma's apologetic gestures.
If elected, Ma said he will earmark funds to build a national museum to commemorate the incident and authorize research on its cause and impact as well as publish biographies of people involved.
Ma said he admired family members who chose to forgive and leave behind the government's atrocity 61 years ago. For those who remain under the incident's shadow, Ma added he could totally understand in light of the then government's incompetence and corruption.
Chang Yueh-yang, a family member of the victims, said the 2-28 Incident signified the importance of peace and unity and whichever presidential candidate lives up the spirit will win his support as well as that of others. Chang added he welcomed Ma's offer of friendship.