A war of words between Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmaker escalated yesterday, with allegations of Tsai’s involvement in a “national security fund” scandal.
Dismissing the allegation — the second to be made by KMT Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) in recent days — the DPP called the remarks slanderous and a “not-so-subtle” ploy to boost Chiu’s re-election campaign.
The DPP on Tuesday released documentation contradicting Chiu’s claims that Tsai had continued to benefit from a preferential 18 percent savings account given to retired civil servants, four months after the DPP presidential candidate said she stopped the program.
“For the longest time, Chiu has had no credibility whatsoever as a politician,” DPP spokesperson Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) said. “These latest accusations are vicious slander ... and I’m sure this ploy will eventually backfire.”
Chiu, who won the KMT primary for his seat in Greater Kaohsiung by a large margin yesterday, launched the latest round of accusations by suggesting that Tsai was involved in a scandal surrounding a special national security fund.
Chui alleged that Tsai took NT$2.62 million (US$91,000) in research money from a plan connected to the fund, in addition to receiving other subsidies and bonuses.
He said that how the money was used remained unclear.
The allegations were brought to the Special Prosecutors’ Office Special Investigation Panel yesterday.
DPP officials questioned the source of the information and said the allegations were part of an “escalating amoung of election slander” that the KMT had prepared prior to the presidential elections next year.
Chiu should back up his accusations against Tsai with evidence, Lin said.
“We strongly condemn these groundless allegations and these vicious political ploys. We believe that the public will [see right through] these accusations,” he said.