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Economist report branding Ma "a bumbler" causes storm in Taiwan

Published on Nov 18, 2012 2:42 PM
 
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou raises his fist after giving a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the presidential office in Taipei on Oct 10, 2012. An article in British magazine The Economist branding Mr Ma "a bumbler" has set off a media storm on the island. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - An article in British magazine The Economist branding Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou "a bumbler" has set off a media storm on the island, causing even the opposition to give a rare show of support for him.

The report, published in the weekly's November 17 edition, detailed Taiwan's economic woes, ranging from stagnant salaries to a pension system threatened by bankruptcy, stating the island seemed to agree Mr Ma was "an ineffectual bumbler".

"How can a 'bumbler' get a doctorate from Harvard?" said Mr Wang Chien-shien, president of the Control Yuan, a branch of Taiwan's government in charge of monitoring the others, according to the Taipei-based daily China Times Sunday.

Mr Ma, who received his doctorate in juridical sciences at Harvard in the early 1980s, was the target of a "biased" report, Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford was quoted as saying by the Central News Agency.

 
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