Jobs bank boss donates million to MRT hero
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-22 08:08 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The chairman of 1111 Job Bank announced Thursday he was donating NT$1 million to a man who defended passengers with an umbrella against the suspect in four killings on the Mass Rapid Transit system.

Student Cheng Chieh, 21, was in custody Thursday after he hacked in on more than 20 people on the MRT the day before. Four people did not survive their injuries while 24 were listed as hurt in the incident.

1111 Job Bank Chairman Lin Wen-hsiung described a man seen in TV footage defending others with an umbrella as a valuable asset for Taiwan. The elderly man represented the real Taiwan, Lin said.

He called for a quick trial for Cheng, who reportedly had predicted he wanted to “do something big” right from his early years.

The fact that one man on the MRT dared to use just an umbrella to face down a man armed with a long knife was something to be praised and encouraged, Lin said. He therefore offered NT$1 million (US$33,000) for Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu or a police chief to hand over to the man in question.

The businessman’s donation reportedly earned the praise of Wang Dan, the Chinese democracy activist now residing in Taiwan.

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