Mon, Dec 25, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Su pays visit to temple and hospital in Yunlin County

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday called on the public to visit historical religious sites more frequently to advance the country's cultural tourism when he paid a visit to a famous Matsu temple in Peikang (北港), Yunlin County.

Su visited the temple in the company of Minister Without Portfolio Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥), Minister of Economic Affairs Chen Ruey-long (陳瑞隆) and Director-General of the Industrial Development Bureau Chen Chao-yi (陳昭義).

Some of the worshipers in the temple greeted Su with the title "president," urging him to make a bid for the 2008 presidential election.

Su answered only with a smile.

"Seeing the public joyously worshiping Matsu in the temple allowed me to feel the peace and harmony in society.

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The temple has a 300-year history, and deserves to be visited," Su said.

Later yesterday, Su took part in a ground-breaking ceremony for Yunlin County's new Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.

There he met Wang Yung-ching (王永慶), the founder of the Formosa Plastic Group, which owns the hospital.

Wang confirmed news from earlier last week that he had met with Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) on his recent trip to China.

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"I hadn't met him [Hu] before. This time I did," Wang said, noting that "he [Hu] told me that he welcomed [the investment plan]."

Wang was referring to his plan to expand the group's petrochemical project in Ningbo City, in Zhejiang Province.

Superintendent of the hospital's Yunlin branch, Wang Jeng-yi (王正儀), said that it was scheduled for completion in two years, will have more than 500 beds, a staff of more than 830 and will be able to treat 300,000 patients a year.

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