November 9, 1920|
Xiangtan, Hunan, Republic of China
|Died||November 1, 2005
|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Occupation||Official of Kuomintang|
|Children||Ma Yinan, Mai Naixi, Ma Bingru, Ma Ying-jeou, Ma Lijun|
Ma Ho-ling (Chinese: 馬鶴凌; pinyin: Mǎ Hèlíng; November 9, 1920 – November 1, 2005) was a high official of Kuomintang and the Republic of China. He was the father of Ma Ying-jeou, the President of the Republic of China.
Ma was born in Xiangtan, Hunan in 1920. He graduated from Central Political School in Nanking, the predecessor of National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He married Qin Houxiu in 1944 and came to Taiwan in 1948.
Ma was a Director at Youth Supervision Committee of the Executive Yuan and Vice Chairman of Performance Committee of Kuomintang.
Ma Ho-ling had a strong influence on his son Ma Ying-jeou. In an interview in 2004, he said that he wanted his son to run for president. But in 2005 he strongly opposed his son to run for Kuomintang's Chairmanship and even threat to commit suicide if Ma Ying-jeou would not give up his candidacy.
Ma Ho-ling died of a heart attack in 2005. The inscription on his urn said: "Replace independence with gradual unification, strengthen China and work towards unification." When this inscription was disclosed, President Chen Shui-bian took advantage of it as evidence that Ma Ying-jeou did not love Taiwan.
During the 2008 presidential elections, Zhuang Guorong, an official of the ROC Ministry of Education, accused Ma Heling of having affairs with various women. After arousing public anger, Zhuang apologized and stepped down from his post.
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