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KMT accuses Ma's accuser of abusing special allowance

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTERS

A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker who accused Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of embezzling his special allowance fund came under fire yesterday over what pan-blue lawmakers said was a "similar mishandling" of her special allowance fund.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Sun Ta-chien (孫大千) told a press conference that DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) had spent half of her special allowance fund, totaling NT$1.8 million (US$54,644), in paying back debts when she served as director of the Information Department and director of Cultural Affairs for Kaohsiung City Government.

"When Kuan held those positions, half of her allowance was wired directly into her personal account, in the same way as Ma. We ask Kuan to explain how she used the money," Sun said.

Tainan City Councilor Hsieh Lung-chieh (謝龍介), a KMT member, said that Kuan's husband Hsu Yang-ming (許陽明) was also doing the same with his special allowance fund when he was Tainan deputy mayor.

Hsieh also accused Hsu of occupying a room in a dormitory, which the city government operates as a profit-making residence, without paying rent while he served in the city government.

In response, Kuan said that Sun's charges were insulting to her.

She admitted that half of her special allowance was wired into her personal account, but said that was how the Kaohsiung City Government dealt with allowances and that she spent all of the money on official expenditure.

"There are no problems with my special allowance. I'm clean," she said, but did not present further details to prove that she had spent the money on official expenditure.

DPP Legislator Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) yesterday defended Kuan, saying that he could guarantee Kuan did not pocket the money, but he did not offer any details of her expenditure, either.

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