It’s that time of year again! Time for Taiwan’s office for oversight, the Control Yuan, to release its annual audit on whether or not President Ma is a corrupt scum bag.
While in the past the Kuomintang has been notorious as a hotbed for corruption and for its connections to local Triads, it would appear that Ma’s account is relatively clean.
The report states that along with his wife, Christine Chow, the couple have about NT$75,500,000 (about $2.3 million) in cash in addition to a property in Taipei’s Wenshan District that Ma has owned since 1983. The couple also hold 8 insurance plans, two of which are life insurance policies for Ma, and a securities fund of about NT$150,000.
And that’s pretty much it. Compared to the KMT’s history of White Terrors and Triad connections, it actually makes for a nice change of pace. Mainland publications made a point of highlighting that the couple do not own a car or any valuable jewelry.
This was one piece of news which did not escape the attention of netizens on the mainland, with several commenting sarcastically on the relatively small amount of money he had accumulated during his time in office.
One commenter from Guangzhou wrote, “For a provincial leader this is such a loss of face, he’d be better off as our village head!”
“An extremely evil transparent system,” said a netizen from Changsha.
“Come to Shanghai and buy property little Ma, next year your net worth will have completely changed,” said another from Zhejiang.
Oh and remember that lakeside villa that belonged to former President Chiang Ching-kuo? I wonder if that was ever listed under any of the Control Yuan’s audits.
By Stanley Yu