Wang refuses to comment on pairing with Ma Ying-jeou

TIGHT-LIPPED: Though saying they should work together, the legislative speaker would not elaborate further when quizzed by reporters

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Fri, Apr 13, 2007 - Page 3

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday met former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰), but refused to discuss the possibility of his pairing up with former KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in next year's presidential election.

While agreeing with Lien that he and Ma should cooperate, Wang said he would not discuss issues related to the presidential election for now.

"Of course we will work together, but the issue is how to cooperate with each other. ? I told Lien that I didn't want to talk about the presidential election at the moment, and he respected that," Wang told reporters after a one-hour closed door meeting with Lien at Lien's office.

party regulations

Asked to comment on KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung's (吳伯雄) appeal for the party's presidential hopefuls to campaign without violating party regulations, Wang said he had no obligation to follow the suggestion as he did not register in the primary.

Wang also paid a visit to People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) later yesterday to discuss the issue of pan-blue unity.

He further declined to respond to Ma's invitation for him to be his vice presidential candidate if Ma were to be nominated.

"I have no response to that," he said.


Meanwhile, Ma received support from former Taipei City Government staffers when a number of them formed a support group yesterday to campaign for the former mayor.

Besides former deputy Taipei mayor Yeh Chin-chuan (葉金川) and former chief of the Taipei City Bureau of Civil Affairs Ho Hung-jung (何鴻榮), Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) also attended the event to support Ma in his quest for victory in the presidential election

In related news, one week after a computer virus attacked computers in Ma's campaign office, Ma camp spokesman Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強), reported the case to the Taipei City Police Department yesterday, while condemning the hackers.

According to Lo, hackers attacked the computer system with a virus last week, and also sent rumors to people on the e-mailing list, many of them reporters.

"At such a sensitive time before the elections, it's obvious that hackers are targeting the campaign office," Lo said.