The Express Tribune
TAIPEI: A China-based Taiwanese singer who has called for reunification with
the mainland drew public ire after returning to his homeland for an operation that could cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
Huang An has styled himself as a “Taiwan independence buster”, publicly criticising fellow pop stars who appear opposed to reunification with China, where he has lived for more than 15 years.
But on Thursday he returned to Taiwan on a charter flight for an eight-hour heart operation that local media estimated could cost up to Tw$800,000 ($24,240) — most of which would be covered under the island’s universal healthcare system.
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“Mr Huang must not be confident in the level of healthcare where he lives,” Huang Wei-che of the Beijing-sceptic Democratic People’s Party told reporters in Taipei. [FULL STORY]