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Chi-hao James Lo
Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014

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Man runs sedan into Taiwan president's residence

Chi-hao James Lo | Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014

TAIPEI - A 60 year-old man yesterday ran his car into the president's residence, reportedly in protest of the government's lack of response to his suggestions in resolving medical negligence and improving the medical environment.

At 7 a.m. yesterday morning, Chen Ping-sung drove a black Mitsubishi sedan into gate number 3 of the president's residence. A can of red paint was attached to the hood of the car to create a red splatter upon impact.

The vehicle was stopped by one-way traffic spikes upon impact, whereby Chen was arrested by police officers as well as military police. The culprit was later taken to the Zhongzheng Second Precinct for further investigations.

Police officers said preliminary investigations revealed that Chen is currently a New Taipei resident of Xindian. Chen's psychological evaluation showed no abnormalities, with officers stating that Chen could have conducted the crime out of resentment toward what he views as government-related medical negligence.

Following further investigation, it was revealed that the main reason why Chen conducted the crime was likely due to the government's lack of response to his suggestions over solving medical negligence and improving the medical environment. As he did not receive the response he desired, Chen likely took the extreme measure to express his demands, police said.

Reportedly, President Ma Ying-jeou was conducting his daily running routine indoors when the incident transpired. Ma reportedly heard the incident, and was soon briefed of the situation by his security detail. According to reports, no one was injured during the incident.

Chen Explains Reason Behind Action

In a statement, Chen said that he is not a person who works in medical care. However, since teaching himself about medical biology, he has come to believe that nine kinds of medical negligence occur as a result of lack of attention from politicians.

Chen went on to say that even negligence from veterinarians receives more attention than patients who are victims of oncological malpractice, making human lives less valuable than those of canines. The reason why red paint was chosen for his action, Chen said, was to represent the blood of patients.

According to local reports, Chen was originally the owner of a hardware store who only received an elementary-level education. After developing an interest from reading books on medical biology, Chen was nick-named "Medical Professor" by his friends and neighbours. Chen also published four health books from his personal research. Chen's bail was set at NT$20,000 (S$845) as of yesterday evening.

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