Taiwan’s ex-president unwittingly aided by member of China’s CPPCC

09-Dec-2019 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Former Taiwanese Pres. Ma benefited from illegal donations by HK businessperson during 2008, 2012 presidential campaigns

A court verdict in a case involving illegal political donations revealed that the campaign of former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was aided by money from an adviser to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) during his presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

Retired Taiwanese Army Lieutenant general Luo Wen-shan was recently sentenced to two and a half years in prison by Taipei District Court. Luo had been accused of illegally receiving political donations from CPPCC member and Hong Kong businessperson Hui Chi-ming while serving as chair of a pro-Kuomintang (KMT) non-profit organisation for retired military officers.

The court verdict found that Hui had paid Luo over NT$8 million between 2007 and 2014, most of which was spent on newspaper advertisements in favour of KMT candidates as well as on networking banquets, gifts, and accommodations for Hui when he visited Taiwan.

The verdict also clearly pointed out the dates of ads supporting Ma that Luo placed in newspapers, including the Apple Daily in March 2008, the China Times in December 2011, and United Daily News in January 2012. In addition, former KMT Chair Lien Chan was named as one of Hui’s guests during his trips to Taiwan.

Luo was censured by judges for violating the Political Donations Act by taking political donations from a Hong Kong citizen, particularly a member of the CPPCC who posed a national security threat. According to the verdict, the donations must be confiscated.

Attorney Huang Di-ying noted on his Facebook page on Friday that the case highlights the urgent need to pass the Anti-Infiltration Act to prevent Communist China from meddling in Taiwan’s democratic elections and internal affairs.



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