Hung to file law­suit over com­ments against fa­ther


Deputy Speaker Hung Hsi­uchu ( ) an­nounced through her spokesman yesterday that she would seek to press charges of ag­gra­vated defama­tion against au­thor Wind­son ( ) for call­ing Hung’s de­ceased fa­ther an “in­former” dur­ing a po­lit­i­cal talk show. Hung’s fa­ther was a vic­tim of po­lit­i­cal per­se­cu­tion dur­ing Tai­wan’s White Terror, for which he was sent to prison for over three years on false ac­cu­sa­tions of aid­ing China’s com­mu­nists. Hung was 2 years old at the time. In her state­ment in which she vowed to “de­fend the honor of her fa­ther’s name,” Hung stated that “the in­sults to my fa­ther have al­ready ex­ceeded the bound­aries of tol­er­ance in any democ­racy and hu­man­ity.”

Mean­while, Hung’s staff at­tempted to put to rest any doubts lin­ger­ing on the au­then­tic­ity of her for­eign ac­cred­ited de­gree. In a press con­fer­ence or­ga­nized by Hung’s cam­paign of­fice, a for­mer class­mate of Hung who also earned a master’s de­gree in the same pro­gram as the deputy speaker, backed up Hung’s cre­den­tials yesterday. Na­tional Tai­wan Sport Univer­sity’s ( ) deputy prin­ci­pal Chang Szu-min ( ) men­tioned that Hung was an “ex­cel­lent” stu­dent and cog­nizant on mat­ters of ed­u­ca­tion.

KMT Re­jects Claims that Sup­port for Hung to Dwin­dle

The Kuom­intang (KMT) de­nied re­ports re­leased yesterday by lo­cal tabloid Next Mag­a­zine ( ) that claimed it was re­con­sid­er­ing its sup­port for Hung. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the KMT was re­vers­ing its sup­port for and “dis­tanc­ing it­self” from Hung af­ter widely aired ac­cu­sa­tions by po­lit­i­cal pun­dit Clara Chou claimed that she had faked her master’s de­gree cre­den­tials. Spokes­men for Hung’s cam­paign re­it­er­ated the deputy speaker’s re­solve to stay in the race while seek­ing le­gal ac­tion against Chou and the ed­i­tors and writ­ers of Next Mag­a­zine.

KMT spokesman Yang We­ichung ( ), in deny­ing the va­lid­ity of the re­port, stated that Hung had al­ready pro­vided clear state­ments and ev­i­dence of the ex­is­tence and va­lid­ity of the master’s de­gree she earned in 1991 at North­east Mis­souri State Univer­sity (NMSU, now Tru­man State Univer­sity) in the United States. The story printed in the latest is­sue of Next Mag­a­zine im­plied that the KMT was re­con­sid­er­ing its sup­port by means of a state­ment given pre­vi­ously by Yang that “hoped that Deputy Speaker Hung can give a com­plete ex­pla­na­tion to the public.”

Later in the af­ter­noon, mem­bers of the KMT’s Cen­tral Stand- ing Com­mit­tee called for party head­quar­ters and Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) to take charge of the elec­tion, with some ar­gu­ing that Hung’s “in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks” have ru­ined the party’s pol­icy roadmap. In par­tic­u­lar, CSC mem­ber Lin-Jung-te ( ) said that Hung’s stance on not vis­it­ing the U.S. as part of her cam­paign and off the cuff com­ments on Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin­pyng’s ( ) re­quired elec­tion run to re­main at his post threat­ened to re­fash­ion the KMT into a splin­ter party.

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou weighed in on the is­sue of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates vis­it­ing the U.S. be­fore elec­tion time, say­ing yesterday in a visit to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs that the de­ci­sion de­pended on each in­di­vid­ual. Ma said that if it were up to him, he would take time con­sid­er­a­tions into ac­count. Hung had pre­vi­ously stated that due to her late en­try into the race, she did not find it “ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary” to con­fer with U.S. of­fi­cials as her op­po­nent, Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ), did this month.

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