ALL FOR SHOW? Critics accused the mayor of using the disease as an excuse to draw public attention, while the CDC rebutted his allegations of lack of assistance
Date: Jun 18, 2019
By: Wang Jung-hsiang and Lee I-chia / Staff reporters
Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) showed up unexpectedly yesterday morning at the Legislative Yuan toappeal for more funds to deal with dengue fever, spurring accusations of grandstanding as a prelude to his presidential bid.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month said that eight indigenous cases of dengue fever had been confirmed so far this year, all in Kaohsiung.
Han made the visit as lawmakers were holding a special legislative session.
He said that the city’s nine legislators have failed to speak up for Kaohsiung about the spread of dengue fever, so he decided to visit the nine, as well as the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus, to call for more subsidies from the central government to help the city combat the disease. [FULL STORY]