Conversely, if the state affairs fund is not considered part of his annual salary there is no way it should be used for personal donations. The fact that Ma has pretty much spent NT$40 million worth of state affairs fund, less some NT$10,000, has got absolutely nothing to do with donating half of his salary. His promise of giving away half his salary should he fail to deliver on the 6-3-3 plan, then, is just yet another bounced check.
Chang Kuo-tsai is a former deputy secretary-general of the Taiwan Association of University Professors and a retired associate professor of National Hsinchu University of Education.
Translated by Paul Cooper