Taiwan Headlines, Dec. 28

The Taiwan People’s Party is enacting new rules requiring central standing committee members to raise NT$1 million per year for the party.
The KMT has a similar policy.

Former President Chen Shui-bian has announced that starting on January 3rd he will be hosting a show every Sunday morning on Smile Radio.
Taichung Prison, however, stated they haven’t received an application from Chen.
Chen was jailed after being convicted of corruption charges, but is currently out on medical parole.
Taichung Prison has placed limitations on what Chen can or can’t do publicly and politically.

Former President Ma Ying-jeou on Facebook yesterday called on President Tsai Ing-wen to voluntarily step down over allowing the import of US pork containing traces of the leanness enhancing agent ractopamine.
Today he doubled down and said he supports Tsai’s position on the issue from eight years ago.
The irony is that Ma at the time supported allowing importation, while at the time Tsai was opposed.
The DPP hit back, releasing a list of top KMT politicians who supported the imports back in 2012.
Among those on the list are current KMT Chair Johnny Chiang, current Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen and Changhua County Commissioner Wang Hui-mei among others.
Chiang, Lu and Wang are now among the loudest opponents of lifting the import ban.

Deputy Legislative Speaker Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) is to double as the new head of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
He said he would add a sixth team to the league, indicating there was some possible corporate support in Kaohsiung.
Taiwan’s baseball league drew international attention earlier this year when it was the only league in the world to be functioning at the time.

According to a new report from research firm Counterpoint, Taiwan’s MediaTek has overtaken the US-based Qualcomm to become the world’s biggest vendor of smartphone chipsets by market share.

The Business Environment Risk Intelligence’s latest report, Taiwan is the third-best destination for investment after Switzerland and Norway.
The reports examine three indicators: operation risk, political risk, and remittance risk.

Taiwan’s de facto police attaché in Manila and executive assistant at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines, has been awarded a Philippine police decoration for having helped the country with the arrest of many major criminal suspects.
He is the first foreign national to receive the honor.

Postal services to the United Kingdom will be temporarily suspended starting Monday due to the cancellation of flights by airlines as the spread of COVID-19–including a new mutant strain–has accelerated in that country.

Image courtesy of Ma Ying-jeou’s Instagram

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