One of two public welfare foundations established by Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
The Dwen An Social Welfare Foundation was established by Ma with the New Taiwanese Cultural Foundation using more than NT$47 million (US$1.4 million) in mayoral election subsidies.
"The foundation has dedicated itself to providing welfare services over the past few years, but its aim was misunderstood for political reasons ... Ma never interfered with the foundation's matters, even after making donations to found the organization," Steven Chen (陳士魁), director of the foundation, said yesterday at the foundation, whose mandate is to provide counseling to teenagers.
Putting records of donations made by Ma and his wife Chou Mei-chin (
Chou, who serves as a member of the board of directors, has donated a total of NT$2.6 million since 2000, Chen said, denying Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators' accusations that Ma had pocketed the subsidies by making donations to his own foundation through his wife.
"None of the members of the board of directors got paid. Instead, their main duty is to make donations to the foundation so that we can survive," he said.
In addition to Chou, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing chairman Morris Chang (
In response to DPP Taipei City Councilor Lee Wen-ying's (