Tsai rejects report of her father using clout in land deal

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 05, 2015
By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday

Tsai Ing-wen addresses the DPP Central Standing Committee, June 10. (Photo/CNA)

Tsai Ing-wen addresses the DPP Central Standing Committee, June 10. (Photo/CNA)

rebutted a media report that her father had illegally obtained a plot of land in Taipei that originally belonged to the military.

“My father was a car mechanic at the time, so he would not have been able to exercise any influence on the US military assistance advisory group or the armed forces. That would have been impossible,” Tsai said when asked about a report published by the Chinese-language China Times Weekly magazine. “Anyone with common sense would know that under an authoritarian regime, someone working as a mechanic would not have such influence. It is a made-up story.”

The magazine report claimed the plot of land on Zhongshan N Road where seafood restaurant Hai Pa Wang (海霸王) is located used to belong to the military, alleging Tsai Ing-wen’s father, Tsai Chieh-sheng (蔡潔生), used his influence to purchase the land.

Tsai Ing-wen said the land was not military property, but had originally been designated for the construction of a park and in 1965 was rezoned for “construction.”

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