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Taipei (The China Post/ANN) - Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou chose to believe in Lai Su-ju - a top aide who was recently detained for alleged corruption - rather than to look into the case amid allegations of corruption by Lai, according to reports.

According to a top-ranking Kuomintang (KMT) official, rumours about Lai's alleged graft had already been made known to Ma. Instead of asking investigators to look into the case, Ma chose to personally ask Lai about the rumours, giving her a chance to defend her actions, according to the official.

A string of graft scandals, including those involving former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih, Nantou County Magistrate Lee Chao-ching, and Taipei Councilor Lai Su-ju, have severely tarnished the image of the ruling KMT, chaired by Ma.

Some have raised questions over how Ma chose his aides in relation to the recent corruption charges.

The official commented that Ma's preference in employing his close aides has sparked disbelief, hinting that Ma was somewhat stubborn in his choices. Using Lin as an example, the official revealed that some officials had previously warned Ma about Lin.

To these comments, the Presidential Office reported that they were not involved with Ma's selection of top aides and would not make any further comment.

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