The China Post news staff
The China Post news staff — A total sum of NT$50 million which Chinese billionaire philanthropist Chen Guangbiao (陳光標) pledged to the underprivileged in Taiwan finally arrived in Taipei City yesterday. Packed in four huge paper boxes originally used to store instant noodles, the large number of bills were sent to the Legislative Yuan yesterday morning by Hualian County Magistrate Fu Kun-qi.
Fu said he received a phone call from Chen on Wednesday night, saying that he had wired the money to accounts in Taiwan. The Chinese billionaire asked Fu to transfer the money to the social affair bureaus of the five counties and cities he visited during his high-profile six-day charity tour through the island nation earlier this month.
“Chen wants people in Taiwan to know that he is a man of his word and he will give the money to those in need as he promised,” said Fu yesterday. Fu’s comment came after local media reported yesterday that Chen failed to keep a promise he made during a previous trip to central Taiwan’s Nantou county, where he pledged to give NT$1.5 million to Chen Chou (陳綢) to help her set up a juvenile shelter to help delinquent teenagers. The NT$50 million came in new NT$1,000 and NT$2,000 bills. However, there were no security guards at the scene.
Nantou county’s Social Welfare Bureau Director Hsiung Chun-ping yesterday arrived the Legislative Yuan to claim the NT$1.5 million promised by China’s top philanthropist. Hsiung said he also received a phone call from Chen, asking him to come to Taipei to collect the money. He was accompanied by security guards when he arrived at the Legislative Yuan yesterday noon. However, instead of the money in cash he was given a check by Fu. Chen was criticized by some for the manner in which he gave money being to high-profile during his week-long charity and business trip where he donated a total of half a billion Taiwan dollars. However, in defense of the Chinese businessman, Fu said yesterday that Chen’s donations should be regarded as a good deed no matter whether it was done in a high- or low-profile fashion. Furthermore, the Hualian County chief pointed to local billionaires, accusing them of spending a fortune throwing parties instead of making donations to the poor. Fu added that the NT$50 million would be distributed to his county, Chiayi County, Yunlin County, Nantou County and Kaohsiung city.