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Su touts Penghu build-operate-transfer project

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that the government will support a build-operate-transfer (BOT) investment project on the island of Yuwong (漁翁), also known as Fisherman Island, in Penghu County.

Su made the remarks during a community outreach tour of the outlying Penghu island group.

Noting that major community development projects require close cooperation between central and local governments, Su said that the Executive Yuan will work in concert with the Penghu County Government to ensure that the new BOT project -- in which a local business consortium will build a recreational village on Yuwong isle -- proceeds smoothly.

Accompanied by Minister of Transportation and Communications Tsai Duei (蔡堆) and local government officials, Su also visited Penghu's Tienhou Temple, which is the nation's oldest temple dedicated to Matsu, the Chinese goddess of the sea.

Su said he prayed for Matsu's blessing for well-being and national stability.

Tienhou Temple in Makung, Penghu's capital, has been designated as a first-grade historical site that boasts valuable cultural relics, including a tablet commemorating the defeat of Western intruders by Qing Dynasty troops centuries ago.

Su promised that the central government will offer financial aid to repair and refurbish the centuries-old temple and preserve its artifacts.

In response to Penghu County Commissioner Wang Chien-fa's (王乾發) request, Su further promised to assist in a project to improve transport services between Penghu and Taiwan proper.

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