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2012 ELECTIONS: Ma responsible for abuse of power: Tsai

‘PLEADING IGNORANCE’:‘Next Magazine’ claimed that the KMT had asked government agencies to mobilize civil servants to attend a rally to support Ma Ying-jeou

By Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter

Addressing the document that DPP lawmakers claim shows that Lai Shin-yuan authorized the destruction of the documents, the council said she did not have any intention of destroying the documents and only signed off on the document authorizing their destruction because she thought it was standard protocol.

“Lai [Shin-yuan] lacks knowledge of the details related to the case because it is not part of her duties as minister,” Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Liu Te-shun (劉德勳) said.

In related news, Tsai said the fact that more Taiwanese business leaders have pledged their support to Ma’s campaign recently shows that the KMT is a political party which “chooses to stand on the same side as big business,” rather than ordinary people.

She made the comment in response to a reporter’s question about Evergreen Group chairman Chang Yung-fa’s (張榮發) statement on Tuesday in which he said he “simply cannot agree with the denial of the [so-called 1992] consensus by a ‘specific’ presidential candidate.”

Tsai said some business leaders made such comments because they have no alternative, given their business operations in China.

“However, some of them have told me they hope their employees will support me,” she added.

Aside from Chang, Hon Hai Precision Industry chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), Ruentex Financial Group chairman Samuel Yin (尹衍樑), Yulon Group chairman Kenneth Yen (嚴凱泰), Formosa Plastics Corp president Wang Wen-yuan (王文淵) and Delta Electronics chairman Bruce Cheng (鄭崇華) have also voiced their support for Ma.

Additional reporting by CNA

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