KMT presidential hopeful Han Kuo-yu was recently embroiled in a controversy regarding his acquisition of a property in Taipei, priced at around NT$72 million, which allegedly contradicts his previous claim of being an “ordinary person.”
During Han’s mayoral campaign last year, the presidential hopeful recalled his 17 years of unemployment and shared a story about his daughter working to replace their broken car. These comments earned him his reputation and moved voters, allegedly helping his election bid.
In response to the controversy, Han’s presidential campaign team held a press conference on Friday to share their records of Han’s real estate deals. Some representatives hinted that someone was leaking to his personal information the press and accused the “system” of espionage.
Hsu Shu-hua, deputy director of Han’s presidential campaign team, said that information related to Han’s real estate purchases on Taipei ‘s Zhenjiang Street in 1993 was obtained from records submitted prior to his election bid. Yet, such information only includes records over the last 5 years, leading Hsu to claim that someone was purposely leaking information to the press.
However, a reporter from Next Magazine immediately rebutted this claim stating that such information is available and open to the public via the Control Yuan and the National Library.
Hsu didn’t respond to the reporter’s rebuttal.