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KMT lawmaker claims ghost writer wrote Chuang’s apology

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Many doubt Chuang Kuo-yung, who resigned as chief of staff of the Ministry of Education on Sunday, wrote his statement of apology for remarks against the deceased father of Kuomintang presidential hopeful Ma Ying-jeou.

One of them is Kuomintang lawmaker Hsieh Kuo-liang.

Hsieh, one of the Kuomintang legislative caucus deputy whips, said yesterday he suspects the statement was written either by a “spin doctor” for Democratic Progressive Party standard-bearer Frank Hsieh or Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng.

“Either of them must have ghost-written the statement,” Hsieh told a press conference at the Legislative Yuan. “Otherwise,” he said, “the wording in the statement wouldn’t be all but identical with a statement issued earlier by the Hsieh campaign.”

At a campaign rally for Hsieh in Taichung, Chuang charged Ma Ho-ling, the father of the Kuomintang candidate, “patronized prostitutes” daily while in public acting like a gentleman. The elder Ma was also accused of having an affair with a married woman whom he had “acknowledged as a daughter.”

Chuang was told he had caused a crisis in Hsieh’s campaign on his way back to Taipei from Taichung and had to resign to take responsibility before he offering an apology to Ma and his family in writing.

“The statement had Chuang’s signature” the Kuomintang legislator admitted. “But that doesn’t prove Chuang was the author,” he stressed.

He demanded that Chuang apologize in person.

“That’s the only option open to Chuang to prove he had no ghost writer,” said the Kuomintang lawmaker.

Moreover, Hsieh Kuo-liang alleged the DPP presidential candidate hand-picked Chuang to be his education minister after the election. “I have come to know Frank Hsieh, if elected, will appoint Chuang to replace Tu,” he added.

Many bloggers have been harassing Chengchi University, where Chuang taught public administration before the education minister picked him as his top secretary in last September.

Most of them believe Chuang had a ghost writer for his written apology, and urge the university not to reinstate the assistant professor on leave for one year.

Chengchi is planning to hold a meeting of professors after the presidential election to decide whether to ask Chuang back to the university to teach.

Chuang should be fired, anti-Chuang bloggers said on Chengchi University.

A small minority of bloggers have been defending Chuang. They posted cheering words. “He has guts” was the commonly chosen words of encouragement.

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