The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei yesterday rebutted an accusation from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) a day earlier that it had disrespected President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).
Gou said on Sunday he found it inappropriate that AmCham had referred to the president as “Mr Ma” when conducting an “interview” with the two main presidential candidates ahead of the vote on Saturday. Gou pounded his fist on a table, saying he felt uncomfortable with Americans doing business in Taiwan and making unreasonable requests.
“If I were Ma, I would have stood up and left the venue right away,” Guo said. “They were so arrogant by addressing the president as ‘Mr Ma.’”
AmCham said Gou based his comments on inaccurate information because he did not attend the Nov. 22 event. AmCham invited all to confirm the facts from the audio recordings on its Web site.
The trade group said the event in question was not an interview, but an annual general meeting, during which it invited Ma and his challenger, Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), to discuss Taiwan’s economy.
AmCham members and guests, who are executives from many countries, used the term “Mr President” when mentioning or addressing Ma, the statement said, adding that it had written Ma to congratulate him on his re-election.