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KMT denies report of Ma's role in SID, funds controversies

The Kuomintang (KMT) said yesterday that President Ma Ying-jeou, who doubles as its chairman, has never issued instructions over whether or not the Special Investigation Division (SID) should be abolished to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) through the KMT chairman's office.

The ruling party was responding to a Next Weekly magazine report.

KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) said that Ma has never made any form of instruction over government policies through the chairman's office.

The National Policy Foundation (NPF), the KMT's think tank, had conducted an evaluation on the SID issue and submitted its report to the KMT chairman's office, Yang said, adding that the report was forwarded to the MOJ on Oct. 30, 2012 for reference.

The spokesman said that KMT headquarters has periodically forwarded research by the NPF and other think tanks to relevant government branches for reference, but that such research papers are forwarded as references, not instructions.

The magazine included a rendering of a nonexistent letter issued by the chairman's office, Yang said, adding that by doing so, the magazine was misleading its readers.

In the same issue, Next Magazine published a corrigendum and apology to the vice president over reports claiming that he had met a member of the mafia in private and that he was involved in the former Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih's graft scandal.

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