Ma Ying-jeou’s Savings Higher Than Salary, Taiwanese Reactions

From Yahoo Taiwan:

Ma’s monthly salary 470,000, monthly savings 480,000

[Taiwan’s] Control Yuan yesterday published its most recent property declaration information, showing that President Ma Ying-jeou’s wealth had increased by 3,890,000 in the last 8 months, with his average monthly deposits being over 480,000 TWD, exceeding his monthly salary of 476,169 TWD. […]

Ma’s declared property, including five properties, four buildings, investment funds worth 150,000 TWD, and domestic shares of 710,000 TWD; this July were reported to total 77,610,000 TWD, which compared to his savings last November of 73,720,000 TWD, increased by 3,890,000 in the eight months between.

Vice President Wu Den-yih’s portfolio remained steady with two properties, and one building. His declared wealth this July was 15,360,000 TWD, an increase on his reported wealth in February of approximately 1,040,000.

Comments on Facebook:


The country’s biggest fat-cat.


He receives the people’s money, uses the people’s money, and saves the people’s money in his own bank account.

Lolo Peter:

The people suffer! The President laughs!

Pu Jeng:

Making money while eating, making money while sleeping, even making money while shitting. No wonder his savings is more than his monthly salary.

Darkjack Huang:

I think civil servants salaries should change to being performance-based!! If their performance is bad then don’t give them a single cent!


I don’t know what’s so special about this news, don’t you know what investments are?

Jeff Sn:

470,000 a month. Some people don’t make that much in a year. No wonder he doesn’t appreciate the difficulty of others’ lives.


If only his governance of the country was as good as his management of his finances!!

BBárryy CChángg:

Incompetence is much more frightening than corruption! Incompetence affects all 23 million-some citizens throughout the country.

Nick Chen:

A-bian’s [former President Chen Shui-bian] corruption was financial groups’ money, Emperor Ma’s corruption is the people’s money.

Amy Kuo:

No wonder he [Ma] is calling on us to be frugal. God, please make him leave Taiwan as soon as possible! Save Taiwan!


Fuck! Just Who is giving money to [or who voted for] him, dammit.

What do you think? Suspicious? Or a big deal about nothing?


Written by Stuart Dingle


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