Former President Chen Shui-bian (???) showed up at the opening of his daughter's dental clinic in Tainan City on Saturday and made public remarks to hundreds of his supporters, the first time he's done so since being released from prison on medical parole.
Chen, currently residing in Kaohsiung City, was greeted by hundreds of his supporters when he arrived at Chen Hsin-yu's (???) clinic in eastern Tainan.
Chen, his wife Wu Shu-jen (???), and their son Chen Chih-chung (???) had to be helped by friends to make it through the large crowds before entering the clinic, amid shouts of "Go! Go! Go!, President A-bian." A-bian is nickname for the former president.
Chen, joined by Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (???), as well as others, cut the ribbon.
He said that he has been thinking over the past week about how to meet the regulation of not making a speech during the period of medical parole. But as the opening of a dental clinic is not a political activity, he said, it should be all right for him to make opening remarks.
The former president praised his daughter as being his "lucky star," allowing him to speak in public for the first time in eight years, stressing at the same time that he was making opening remarks, not a speech.
He expressed "three thanks" and spoke of three anecdotes of his daughter.
He first thanked President Tsai Ing-wen (???) for allowing him to attend a private gathering with his supporters in Taipei in June and a concert in Kaohsiung in October, as well as make opening remarks at the clinic on Saturday.
He also thanked former President Ma Ying-jeou, (???), saying that although he lost his freedom after being sent to the prison shortly after Ma came to power in May 2008, he has re-discovered family love.
During his years behind bars, he talked with his daughter more often than any other time over the past three decades, he said, adding that Hsin-yu would visit him and bring him snacks from Tainan every Monday.
He also thanked the friendly attitude of Tainan's media and friends, saying that the local media was starkly different from their counterparts in Taipei.
He said that it's been tough being a member of the former first family, adding that each of them has suffered because of his participation in politics.
Regarding his daughter, he said that Hsin-yu was born when his law firm was inaugurated four decades ago, and he was glad to see his daughter now has her own clinic.
He also said that when Hsin-yu was still a rookie dentist, she saved her wheelchair-bound mother's life by correctly determining that her poor condition was related to a change and suspension of medication.
He also said that Hsin-yu has three sons, whom she insist on breastfeeding, and he has seen his daughter using computers to write papers while breastfeeding her son.
In concluding the 23-minute remarks, he wished others to continue to support Hsin-yu, saying that his daughter has passion and professional knowledge.
Hsin-yu's husband, Chao Chien-ming (???), an orthopedist, her father-in-law and sons were also at the opening ceremony.
The 66-year-old former president was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined NT$250 million in a series of corruption cases that surfaced shortly after his second term ended in 2008.
He began serving his sentence on Nov. 11, 2010, but he had been detained for nearly two years prior to that while prosecutors were investigating and prosecuting the cases against him.
He was released on medical parole on Jan. 5, 2015.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel