Fri, Feb 28, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Wellington Koo receives worms, joss paper in hate mail

NOT FIRST TIME:While Koo told the media that he had received hate mail containing worms, Ko Wen-je said he never thought to make much of the letters he gets

By Lee Hsin-fang and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City mayoral candidate hopeful Wellington Koo (顧立雄) told a press conference yesterday that he had been the victim of hate mail containing worms and joss paper.

Koo said he had received a typed letter containing a mound of live worms on Friday last week at his office on Renai Road Sec 3 and reported the incident to the Daan District (大安) police precinct.

This was not the first time he had received hate mail, but the first time any had contained live worms, and he was more concerned about the impact on his secretary, Koo said. He added that there were no threats in the letter.

According to a report from the Chinese-language Apple Daily, the police found the style of all three letters was the same, suggesting a single culprit.

Due to the lack of separation between regions and precincts in Chunghwa Post Co’s Greater Kaohsiung branch sorting process, the police have a bigger task narrowing down the sender’s location, the report said.

Meanwhile, independent Taipei City mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said during an event hosted by the Foundation of Medical Professionals Alliance in Taiwan yesterday that he had also received hate mail, but had not thought much of it.

“However, I’ll be sure to keep the next ones for a juicy morsel for the media,” Ko joked.

Meanwhile, speaking about today’s anniversary of the 228 Massacre, Ko said that it was perhaps time to let the incident become history.

The 228 Massacre refers to an uprising in 1947 against the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime and the resulting brutal crackdown that left tens of thousands dead and led to nearly four decades of martial law.

Ko said his paternal grandfather was one of the people killed in the incident, and that he often saw his father walk home visibly moved after the commemoration events.

Speaking as a victim’s family member, Ko said the incident should be considered to have no aggressors and only victims. However, from a historical perspective, the truth should nonetheless be pursued, he added.

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