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Taiwan News Quick Take

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■ POLITICS

Son seeks ‘normal’ life

Former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) son Chen Chih-chung (陳致中) said he wished he had been born into an ordinary family. In a letter published in the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) yesterday, Chen Chih-chung said that an ordinary person constantly under media scrutiny like him would have gone mad had he or she not known how to deal with pressure. His heart ached because his wife had come under tremendous pressure since they got married, he wrote, going on to dismiss media reports of tension between his wife and his mother. He said that it was unfair to say members of the first family all enjoyed high position and great wealth because what came with high status was a burden. If he had a choice, he said he would like to be himself and he had only experienced such joy when he was studying in the US. He also said potential employers had been frightened by his background.

■ SECURITY

Special center for Games

Kaohsiung City’s Police Bureau will establish a security center on April 1 to prevent terrorism attacks before and during the World Games, bureau Director Tsai Chun-chang (蔡俊章) said yesterday. City officials and the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee had been holding weekly meetings to prepare for all kinds of security scenarios, he said. Meanwhile, Wang Chung-jung (汪忠榮), director of the bureau’s traffic control team, said extra effort would be made between next month and June to clamp down on drivers who fail to allow pedestrians to cross zebra crossings first. “We don’t want international athletes and tourists to arrive in Kaohsiung and be shocked [by drivers who do not respect the pedestrian’s right of way],” Wang said.

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