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His sentence can be appealed, but Pingtung residents are NOT happy that yet again, another of their elected representatives has been busted for corrupt practices.

CNA reports: “Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chien Tung-ming (簡東明) has been sentenced to five years and six months in jail after being found guilty of vote-buying during his election campaign early last year, the Pingtung District Court ruled Monday.  The guilty verdict came after a first trial on charges that Chien bought votes to help him win one of the three legislative seats up for grabs from among 10 candidates in the nationwide mountain Aboriginal constituency in January 2016 elections with 25,940 votes.”

Chien’s first conviction comes on the heels of both the Pingtung mayor — also of the KMT — and her husband being sentenced in April to 16 years in prison for allegedly siphoning off NT$10 million! Their verdicts can also be appealed, but like Chien, a corruption conviction — even a first trial one — results in suspension of office until resolution.

POOR PINGTUNG! –The County is losing residents, is not seeing development in the same way many other regions in Taiwan are … and it feels like every other Pingtung politician gets convicted of corruption.

Time for that weird idea? –Merge Pingtung (at least the urban areas) into Kaohsiung City and hope better management and funding can make Pingtung City into a viable satellite town?

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