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Sean Lien donates NT$2 million to victims

TAIPEI--Kuomintang candidate for Taipei mayor Sean Lien will donate NT$2 million (US$66,495) to victims of the explosions that ripped through Kaohsiung Thursday night, according to his campaign office.

In a statement issued through his office Sunday, Lien was quoted as saying that his sympathy goes to the victims of the disaster, which left at least 28 dead and 300 injured.

The head of Lien's campaign headquarters, Chen Chiung-sung, decided to suspend campaign activities for three days in addition to donating NT$100,000 out of his own pocket.

Lien's donation came a day after his major rival, independent candidate Ko Wen-je, pledged NT$400,000 to rescue and relief efforts.

Despite the NT$2 million donation, Web users were still quick to criticize the wealthy Lien family.

Campaign manager Tsai Cheng-yuan sought to dispel rumors Sunday that Sean Lien's father, Vice President Lien Chan, donated NT$10 million to victims of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China, greatly outdoing the younger Lien's donation this time around.

Tsai said that after checking with Lien Chan, he was told that the funds were conveyed to Chinese authorities by the former vice president on behalf of Taiwan business tycoon Kenneth Yen, chairman of Yulon Motor Group.

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