Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission (OCAC) Chairwoman Chang Fu-mei (
Chang made the remarks yesterday during a question-and-answer session in the legislature's Foreign Affairs Committee when she was questioned by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers.
KMT legislators Liu Shen-liang (
Chang said that the number of emigrants returning to Taiwan this year would increase, and more than 5,000 people have signed up to take part in the official celebration, and 650 of them have confirmed their desire to participate.
"We hope at least 4,000 people will join in the celebration," she said.
According to records offered by KMT Legislator Justin Chou (周守訓), about 4,500 overseas Taiwanese joined in the celebration last year.
When asked, Chang said that she thought it was possible that some of them might be returning to participate in the protest that would "besiege" the Presidential Office on National Day.