Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) is planning on visiting “old friends” in southern Taiwan from Wednesday through Friday, his first long trip after having had surgery to remove a tumor last year.
According to Wang Yan-chun (王燕軍), director of Lee’s office, only two public appearances are scheduled during the three-day trip, with the rest of the time spent meeting with old friends.
The 89-year-old has recovered well after undergoing surgery in October last year to remove a tumor in his bowel, Wang said.
As a precaution, however, doctors from Taipei Veterans General Hospital, where the operation was performed, will also travel with Lee, Wang said. Lee’s wife will not join him for the trip.
Lee will visit an irrigation project in Pingtung County on Thursday with Pingtung County Commissioner Tsao Chi-hung (曹啟鴻).
He will proceed the next day to Siaolin Borough (小林) in Greater Kaohsiung’s Jiasian District (甲仙) — which was relocated after being buried by landslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot in 2009 — and will be joined there by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), Wang said.
Meanwhile, because of his interest in issues related to the distribution of water resources, Lee also plans to visit the Erfong Ditch (二峰圳) in Pingtung, an underground water intake structure built in the 1920s, Wang said.