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■ Politics
DPP doubts KMT data

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday urged Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to clarify whether the KMT had unscrupulously profited when it sold the Center for Chinese Movies and Culture last year. The deputy director of the DPP's Policy Research and Coordinating Committee Lo Cheng-fang (羅正方), presented to a press conference a "restricted document" related to the assets sale. According to part of the wording of the document, the KMT may have had an under-the-table deal with the buyer when it sold the center, Lo said. He did not elaborate.

■ Society

Inaccessible buildings listed

The Ministry of the Interior expanded its list of public buildings that lack facilities for the disabled yesterday and Monday. On Nov. 23, Minister of the Interior Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) cited 10 buildings that lack handicapped facilities. The list was further expanded yesterday to include museums, libraries and stadiums nationwide. In Taipei, the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Taipei Stadium were cited.

■ Language

Hakka ban criticized

Responding to recent reports that a Hakka inmate in a Yunlin County prison was prohibited by prison guards from speaking Hakka with his mother during visiting hours, the Council for Hakka Affairs issued a press release on Monday condemning the restriction. The council said in their statement that preventing the man and his mother from communicating in Hakka, which is their native language, violated the spirit of diversity that the Cabinet has sought to instill.

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