For­mer health min­is­ter mulls pres­i­den­tial run

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

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:

In­te­rior Min­istry

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.

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