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KMT’s Alex Tsai surfaces, ignites furor

TING HSIN TAINT?Sean Lien’s former campaign manager said top KMT members urged the Taipei mayoral hopeful to go easy on the embattled, scandal-ridden food giant

By Alison Hsiao and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters

“I did not [name Ma or King]; I do not have proof for that,” he said, adding that it was the reporter who asked him whether it might have been the duo.

However, the legislator said that just days after Lin asked the team to suspend the plan to target Ting Hsin, “the Presidential Office itself fired away at the corporation.”

“I call Lien a lonely fighter who got abandoned on the battlefield,” Tsai said.

Later yesterday, KMT Culture and Communication Committee director Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) denied the report, saying that the party did not dictate how Lien responded to the cooking oil scandal involving Ting Hsin International Group.

According to Fan Chiang, Lin called Lee once to discuss the food safety issue, as Tsai said in the report, but the conversation was about Lin expressing his concerns about the impact of the food safety scandal on the election.

Lin said he made the call to Lee in his personal capacity, as opposed to being asked to do so by any upper-echelon officials, and what he said to Lee — which he said contained no mention of Ting Hsin — reflected only his personal views.

Lee also denied the report, saying that Lien’s campaign office had set its position on the issue before he got the telephone call from Lin.

The Presidential Office said that neither Ma nor King gave any directive to the party or Lien’s campaign office regarding the case.

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