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Hwang Kun-hu demands clarification on Ma report

INTERVIEW The head of the Friends of Lee Teng-hui Association lashed out over a report that said he and Ma had had an `amicable interaction'

STAFF WRITER

Hwang Kun-hu (黃崑虎), president of the Friends of Lee Teng-hui Association, yesterday demanded that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) explain comments one of his aides made to a magazine and which Hwang dismissed as false.

The latest issue of the Chinese-language Next Magazine, which hit the stands last Wednesday, quotes an aide of Ma as saying that KMT vice presidential candidate Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) had set up a visit between Ma and Hwang during a recent visit to Chiayi.

"Ma's aide said that Ma had an amicable interaction with the pro-green Hwang," the magazine quoted the aide as saying, without identifying him or her.

"Although [the visit] didn't prompt Hwang to campaign for Ma right away, it at least resulted in Hwang withdrawing support and financial donations to [Ma's] opponent," the report said.

At a press conference in Taipei yesterday, Hwang said he had not met with Ma as the report claimed.

He demanded that Ma offer an apology if he could not clarify when and where they had met.

Saying the magazine had failed to verify the report and as a result damaged his reputation, Hwang asked the magazine to conduct an interview with him which should be published with the same prominence as the story about Ma.

Hwang said that people who knew him well enough knew that what had been described in the magazine would never happen.

Hwang added that his stance in supporting a pro-localization regime had not changed, and that he supported those who could identify with the country.

In response, Ma said during a visit to Yunlin yesterday that the report was false and that he had not met with Hwang.

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