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Wang Jing-pyng gives `courteous' reply at temple

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said "okay" to people cheering "Go for the presidency" when he visited a temple in Taipei.

But Wang later told the press that he had given an affirmative answer merely as a courtesy on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.

"I had to say something benign after all, to meet with everyone's expectations on this kind of occasion," Wang said.

Wang is a possible rival for the presidential nomination to former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who has declared his presidential bid in the party's primary, though the former Taipei mayor has remained tight-lipped on the details of his candidacy.

"If I decide to [run for president], it won't be because I have myself in mind for [the position], but because I am thinking about benefiting others," Wang told the press at Xingtian Temple, which is devoted to Kuan Kung, a famous deified general.

Wang said he would learn from the spirit of Kuan Kung how he could better serve the public.

The speaker was accompanied by Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday.

Wang denied media speculation that Hau's attendance meant that Hau had chosen to side with Wang against Ma in the party's presidential primary.

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