Former health minister mulls presidential run
Yaung Chih- l i ang ( ) may be considering a run for the presidency, according to reports yesterday from sources close to the former health minister; Yang served from 2009 to 2011 and is a member of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT).
The source, an academic in the field of public health, said that he when spoke with Yaung last week, the former health minister had indicated that current candidates in the presidential race did not meet the expectations of voters and that he wanted to participate in the KMT’s nomination process.
However, according to Wang Che-chao ( ), spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) and Yaung’s former student, when the two met during an MHW event a month ago, Yaung did not indicate anything with regards to a presidential run.
In an interview with Storm Media ( ) yesterday, Yaung slammed his party, saying he would be “ashamed” to be a member of its leadership, citing the unwillingness of party heavyweights to offer their candidacy to broaden the electoral field for voters. Yuang also lambasted party policy, which requires interested candidates to secure a NT$2 million deposit.
Yaung said he was prepared instead to take NT$200,000 to KMT headquarters to serve as his deposit.
“I think (NT$200,000), which amounts to two months’ pay for an average professor and half the annual salary of a young person, is evidence enough of a deter- mined run,” Yaung said. For the remaining NT$1.8 million of the full deposit, he invited the public to deposit NT$100 to the KMT under his name “Yaung Chih-liang” to make up the difference.
Yaung also flatly refused to consider paying the NT$7 million in administrative fees the party charges candidates, arguing that the party should focus more on promoting suitable candidates, and not turning them away with such policies.
Deposits under ‘Yaung’ Considered Political Donations:
Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Interior stated that separate deposits made out to the KMT under Yaung’s name are classified as a political donations to the KMT. Under current regulations, individuals are limited to contributions up to NT$300,000 toward a single political party or organization annually.
It remains an internal matter within the KMT as to how the party chooses to allocate the multiple deposits given under Yaung’s name and whether those funds are considered political contributions or part of the former health minister’s NT$2 million security deposit.