Premier Mao promises foundation to assist water park victims

Premier Mao promises foundation to assist water park victims
The parents of two Malaysians who were injured during a freak explosion at a Taiwan water park have pleaded for privacy for their children to recover in peace.
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Premier Mao Chi-kuo attended yesterday's Cabinet press conference in person, announcing four main points and setting up a foundation to help the victims and families affected and injured in the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park explosions.

Mao announced the Cabinet's plans to set up a foundation to assist the injured, apart from reiterating the importance of critical medical treatment for the injured in the following days.

The foundation is still in its discussion stages, having yet to nail down details on financial support and organization, Mao said. "There is still time for further talks, and we welcome suggestions as to how to commence with establishing the foundation."

Mao responded to the related ministry's reports on the tragic explosions with four major points: "First, saving people is the priority above all, regardless of the costs; second, we aim to save one person at a time and keeping company and assistance in the long-run; third, unify resources and manpower among society, the central and local governments; fourth, ascertain responsibility and conduct reinspection of the incident to prevent similar events in the future."

"I express deep regret and sadness upon hearing the news of the two young people who passed away in this tragic event," Mao said, further reiterating the importance of providing resources for the affected people, for the road to recovery is long for the injured. "They will need assistance in re-establishing their future," Mao said.

"Putting away financial obstacles is the major reason as to why the Cabinet decided to use the second reserve funds," said Mao. The funds will likely be used to handle funds, such as the health care workers' wages.

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