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2012 ELECTIONS: Christina Liu apologizes for ‘confusing the dates’

TARGETING TSAI:The CEPD minister denied the DPP’s accusations of forgery during a day marked by rival press conferences and protests on the legislative floor

By Chris Wang, Amy Su and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporters

“By using false information in a press conference held at the Legislative Yuan, the KMT caused great harm to Tsai,” Chuang said.

At a separate setting, DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) urged Liu, a well-known academic before entering the KMT government, to “tell the truth so that the case could not be exploited as a campaign ploy.”

People First Party legislative candidate Chen Cheng-sheng (陳振盛) also suggested yesterday that there was an invisible hand from the top of the KMT steering the allegations, urging that “until the real culprit is found,” Liu should not be made a scapegoat.

Yesterday afternoon, Liu apologized for having submitted an incorrectly dated document relating to Yu Chang Biologics Co, but said said she had never forged any documents.

“I am sorry for having presented a document with an incorrect date,” Liu told a press conference.

Liu blamed the error on a mechanical mistake that may have occurred when the former DPP administration was still in office.

Liu said the misattribution of the two dates was “not that serious,” adding that the DPP was blowing the issue out of proportion with its accusation of forgery and trying to change the focus of the issue.

Meanwhile, Liu, who is also the convener of National Development Fund, raised more questions about the investments made in Yu Chang by saying the case was strangely connected to two other companies that had applied to the fund — Taiwan Biopharmaceuticals Co (南華生技) and TaiMed Biotech Fund (台懋生技創業投資).

In related news, the KMT caucus proposed a motion later in the day to establish a cross-party legislative task force to thoroughly examine the allegations.

“Minister Liu has offered an apology for putting an incorrect date on the document, and we have told the executive branch that they should be more cautious in its provision of materials to lawmakers,” Lin said after Liu apologized.

The council’s error did not negate the need for Tsai to personally clear up the doubts raised by lawmakers, Lin said, referring to the eight questions put forward by the KMT caucus earlier yesterday.

One question was whether Tsai should explain if she had had a conflict of interest in connection with Yu Chang that would be covered by the Act on Recusal of Public Servants Due to Conflicts of Interest (公職人員利益衝突迴避法), Hsieh said.

“The Tsai family earned profits from their investment. Could she say that a conflict of interest didn’t occur?” Hsieh said.

DPP lawmakers launched a counteroffensive on the legislative floor last night, branding the Yu Chang case as “Taiwan’s version of the Watergate scandal.”

“The KMT administration falsified a document to slander Tsai Ing-wen and that is a shame on the country’s democracy,” DPP caucus whip Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said on the legislative floor during an interval between deliberations of bills.

Tsai Huang-liang led his collegues in chanting “Christina Liu, step down,” “Ma Ying-jeou, apologize,” while putting up a big-character poster reading: “Scandal. The Government Makes a False Accusation. Democracy is in Crisis.”

Another poster was hung on the podium that had a photograph of Liu and read: “Christina Liu. Who asked you tell the lie?”

In response to protesting by the DPP caucus, KMT Legislator Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) asked the DPP lawmakers not to get emotional.

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