Ma Ying-jeou ‘frugality’ with official spending

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TAIWAN’S leader, known for being frugal, may have set another example for China’s new leaders after they banned official extravagance to win popular support.

President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday announced his daughter’s wedding, but only after Taiwan media caught her hosting a small reception at a Taipei hotel.

The president’s office said ­Lesley Ma, 32, did not want publicity as she married a man she had met at Harvard University in America.

Taiwan’s “first daughter” is said to dress casually and travels economy-class in a way even praised by many Chinese as a sharp contrast with China’s princelings – the privileged children of the Communist elite.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war, but ties have warmed in recent years.