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Hau Long-bin under attack again over his father's housing

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Hau Long-bin (郝龍斌), the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) candidate for Taipei mayor, came under fire again yesterday from rival camps over his father's housing.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) and Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) called a press conference to accuse former premier Hau Pei-tsun (郝柏村) of retaining a house on Dunhua S Road in order to ask for a second military-owned house in Chien-An New Town (建安新城) in Songshan District.

The two lawmakers had previously accused the elder Hao of illegally occupying a military-owned house on Dunhua S Road since 1989.

The Ministry of National Defense has said that the senior Hau returned the keys to the house six days after Kuan and Hsu first made their accusation, although Hau Long-bin has said his father gave back the house in June.

"The military established the Chien-An community for former high ranking military officials. Only those who currently live in military-owned housing can apply [to live in the community]," Hsu said yesterday.

Hsu said the former premier is not qualified to apply for Chien-An housing because he doesn't live in the Dunhua S Road house.

"Hau Pei-tsun has been living at 315 Fulin Road. He changed his residence registration to Dunhua S Rd in April 2004 so that he could file an application," Hsu said.

According to Kuan, the application was approved.

Hau Long-bin reiterated yesterday that the Dunhua house was returned to the ministry in June.

"They [Kuan and Hsu] should refer questions about whether Hau's father enjoyed any privileges by living in the residence to the Ministry of National Defense instead of asking Hau Lung-bin," the candidate's spokesman Yang Hsiao-tung (羊曉東) said.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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