Ko Wen-je snipes at Wellington Koo, retracts statement
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-01-12 03:07 PM
Ko Wen-je touched off a brief flurry of anger on the Internet Saturday with an early morning Facebook post that characterized lawyer Wellington Koo’s remembrance of Trong Chai as “hypocritical”, saying that “people don’t need to do weird things like that.” Just a few hours later Ko retracted his words, going online again to say that “if I could do it all over, I wouldn’t say anything."

Saturday evening Ko went to the late Chai’s residence to pay tribute to Chai, who passed away early Saturday after life support was withdrawn, and to express his condolences to the family. He spoke a few words with them and left immediately without making any further comments.

Lately Koo and Ko have been highly visible in Taipei, attracting large numbers of reporters and photographers wherever they go. The two were both out on Saturday to attend a winter relief activity at a temple in Shilin, mixing with residents and volunteers helping to distribute relief supplies to victims of recent cold spells.

The two also checked with a fortune-teller to try to gain insight into what lies ahead for them during the coming year.

Asked whether his brief look-in on the scene as former Minister of Transportation and Communications Kuo Yao-chi prepared to go to prison Wednesday was not also a bit hypocritical, Ko explained that he had a prior commitment to go to a class at the Oriental Institute of Technology. He said he had received a phone call urging that he "must go," thus he could not stay long at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.

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