By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Beleaguered Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey phoned to request a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou without mentioning an offer of resignation, the Presidential Office said Friday.
The nation’s top academic has become embroiled in an alleged insider trading scandal surrounding the sale of shares in biotechnology firm OBI Pharma Inc. before news of failed tests emerged.
Wong, who also holds United States citizenship, was barred from leaving Taiwan after being listed as a defendant in cases involving corruption and breach of trust.
At 1:50 p.m. Friday, Wong phoned the president to apologize to him over the affair, while also expressing the hope he could soon meet Ma to explain the case, presidential spokesman Charles Chen told the media. [FULL STORY]