Han refutes rumors of taking campaign funds from KMT chairman

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Former KMT legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) recently accused Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) of taking NT$40 million in campaign funds from KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) during the nine-in-one local elections on Nov. 24, 2018.

Speaking at a press conference on April 29, Han condemned the allegations, saying that he and his family have been defamed and he will press charge against any future rumor makers.

According to the documents Han made public, he received a total of NT$129 million in campaign funds during the election. The average sum donated by the 22,409 individual donators is NT$4,813, which accounted for 87 percent of the total donation.

Business donations accounted for 9 percent of the total, for an average NT$72,698 in 160 donations. As for party donations, there was only one sum and it accounted for only 0.1 percent of the total.

Han further stressed that if Tsai and other city councilors can prove he did take the alleged funds after he made his account information public, he would immediately resign.

“I’ve been putting up with all the rumors and slanders ever since the election, but they never stop. I am sorry that I can’t endure this anymore and I’ll sue whoever makes false accusations in the future,” said Han.