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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Non-lawyer Ma Ying-jeou misrepresents reality yet again

I can hear it in his voice, and it shows in his eyes

Here are the key points from an article in today's Taipei Times:
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said yesterday that a pharmaceutical company linked to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) had been fined for failing to avoid a conflict of interest when selling drugs to Taipei City Municipal Hospital.

Ma Yi-nan (馬以南) [one of Ma's four sisters] was deputy manager of China Chemical & Pharmaceutical Co (中化, CCPC) at the time of the sale, while her brother Ma Ying-jeou was Taipei mayor.


Citing the Public Officials' Conflicts of Interests Prevention Act (公職人員利益衝突迴避法), Kuan [Kao-yueh (管高岳), director of the Department of Government Employee Ethics] said the city government should not have had any business deals with Ma Yi-nan's company.

The act stipulates that companies found to be in violation be fined one to three times the purchase amount.

The accusation first surfaced last February during the presidential campaign when then-Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh's (謝長廷) team accused Ma Ying-jeou of lying about his role in his sister's business relations with Taipei City Municipal Hospital.

Hsieh's campaign team said Ma Yi-nan had been granted sole distribution rights for drugs sold to the hospital.

At the time, Ma Ying-jeou denied the allegation, saying his sister was not involved in selling medicine to the hospital.

Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) said yesterday that the president respects the ministry's decision.
... which means, once again, that Ma wasn't telling the truth.

Surprised? I guess you'd expect the scorpion not to sting the frog or something?

No "Just Us," No Peace!
In case you think the Ministry of Justice is now handling "blue" cases, note that Ma and his sister remain untouched by the judiciary here and that the pan-blue media will do their part to whitewash any of the dirt from this which may rub off on Ma. Don't be fooled.

Related video
I wonder if the unconstitutional NCC (National Communications Commission) will be upset at TVBS (AKA BS-TV) about this report:

1:17 YouTube video: "未利益迴避藥廠重罰,大門神馬以南沒事??馬是美國公民抓不到??"
Translation: "Because of conflict of interest, pharmaceutical company gets severe penalty,
nothing happens to 'protector' [literally, 'door deity'] Ma Yi-nan??
As an American citizen, Ma [Yi-nan] can't be taken in??"

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Cross-posted at Taiwan Matters!

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