Tue, May 20, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan quick take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

Health

Singapore sends gifts

Singapore yesterday gave Taiwan large quantities of medical supplies to help it control the spread of SARS. The gift included 100,000 N95 masks, surgical masks, and protective clothing, as well as 15 boxes of chemical agents for testing for the SARS virus. Two Singapore-developed infrared human temperature monitors were loaned to Taiwan. A group of technicians will be sent to Taipei to help operate the monitors. The medical supplies and equipment will be brought to Taipei today China Airlines free of charge.

Politics

Lee challenges KMT stance

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) said yesterday that the nation's democratization over the past 15 years has been in accordance with his predecessor Chiang Ching-kuo's (蔣經國) policies. Lee also accused the KMT's current leadership of going against Chiang's policy direction. Lee said Chiang decided a few years before his death to "localize" the KMT government by appointing more Taiwanese to high-level positions. Lee also added that Chiang asked him when he was vice president to carry out the policy.

Poltics

Hualien faces by-election

Both the pan-green and the pan-blue camps are gearing up vying for the vacant Hualien County magistrate post after the KMT incumbent, Chang fu-hsiung (張福興), died of lung cancer Sunday night. By law, a by-election must be held in the next three months to elect a new magistrate. Chang, 61, had been hospitalized at National Taiwan University Hospital but was rushed home Sunday after the hospital said his condition was critical.

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