President Ma resumes public activities (update)
Central News Agency
2014-05-11 02:10 PM
Taipei, April 11 (CNA) President Ma Yin-jeou, who disappeared from public sight following the death of his mother, resumed his public activities Sunday, attending a Buddhist ceremony in Taipei to mark Mother's Day. Speaking at the ceremony, held in front of the Presidential Office to raise public awareness about the debt owed to mothers, Ma said he had participated in the Buddhist Mother's Day ceremony the past four years, but this year was different, since it was the first Mother's Day he celebrated without his mother in more than 64 years. Ma's mother, Chin Hou-hsiu, died from multiple organ failure on May 2 at the age of 91 and was cremated May 5, following a private funeral attended by family members. Ma said when he was elected president in 2008 that he would, initially, continue living with his mother, though he later moved to the official residence of the president in downtown Taipei for security reason, and visited his mother on weekends. He regretted that he had not been able to accompany his mother more often while his mother lived, listening to her talks, hugging her, praising her, and telling her how much he loved her. "Expressing gratitude to parents and doing good are the two things that should never be put off ," said the president. He urged people to enjoy every minute they lived together with their mothers, and utter their thanks loudly to their mothers, allowing them to live happily, as though every day were a Mother's Day. The ceremony, organized by the Buddhas Light International Association mark Buddha's birthday and Mother's Day, has attracted thousands of Buddhists from throughout the island. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Maubo Chang)
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