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Councilor questions Hau's parole statements

By Helen Ku--As criticism of Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin's (郝龍斌) endorsement of former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is still a major topic in the media, Taipei City Councilor Li-Keng Kuei-Fong (厲耿桂芳) made waves yesterday with a remark at the Kuomintang's (KMT) Central Standing Committee meeting, saying that Hau should have consulted with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) before stating personal views in front of the press.

Li-Keng said that Hau should be fully aware of how influential his comments can be over issues of granting former President Chen medical parole. She added that if Hau had discussed plans with either party members or the president, unnecessary questions from the public over the KMT's political position could have been avoided.

Hau had previously stated, "The president has his own considerations, and I have my own thoughts."

Hau insisted that although very few party members agreed with his views on Chen's situation, he still believes that providing Chen a complete physical and psychological assessment will help resolve political and social conflicts in Taiwan.

As for the media's interpretation of his recent statements, Hau stated that his original intention of making personal observations in public was simply to help generate consensus over social issues. With regard to concerns about his plans for the 2016 presidential election, Hau stressed that serving Taipei residents is his current priority.

Asked if he will telephone the president, Hau said he may discuss Chen's issues with the president at a later point in time.

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