Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) yesterday vowed to withdraw from the year-end election if an allegation he leveled against his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) opponent was proven false.
On Thursday, Hsieh charged that, as a former premier, Hau Pei-tsun's home telephone bills are paid for by the government and that Hau Long-bin used the same line.
"If the accusation that KMT Taipei mayoral hopeful Hau Lung-bin's (
Hsieh, a former premier, said he was entitled to the same special treatment Hau's father Hau Pei-tsun (郝柏村) had enjoyed, but "chose not to have such special treatment."
At the legislature, Premier Su Tseng-chang (
"The privileges granted to former premiers are controversial and have already been suspended. Hau Lung-bin will definitely be punished if our investigation finds that he has been taking advantage of former premier Hau Pei-tsun's privileges" Su said.
Su made the remarks in response to questions from DPP Legislator Chen Ying (
Chen said Hau Lung-bin's phone number on his business card is the same number he provided for the Legislative Yuan contact list when he was still a lawmaker and for the Cabinet's contact list when he was Environmental Protection Administration minister.
Hau Lung-bin denied that he was defrauding the public.
"Ever since they did away with the tokens of appreciation for former premiers, I have been paying this phone bill," he said.
Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan