This year marks the 30th anniversary of former President Chiang Ching-kuo’s death. In commemoration of the late leader, the KMT held a series of events last week, including a speech given by former President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday.
A KMT member, Ma worked closely with Chiang for seven years as his English interpreter and as the Deputy Director of the First Bureau of the Presidential Office. In his speech, Ma said the late leader held empathy for the people of Taiwan. He also said Chiang made four main contributions to Taiwan: ten major infrastructure projects, the lifting of martial law, allowing Taiwanese citizens to visit their relatives in China, and his hard-working governanc