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2 TAIWAN OFFICIALS NOT JACKSON FANS

Michael Jackson got a rude welcome from a couple of city councilmen angry over the pop star's alleged child molestation.

Jackson received a meritorious achievement award Saturday from the mayor of Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city, where Jackson was to perform Sunday night.

As the meeting was concluding, city councilors Huang Chao-hsing and Lin Ti-chuan burst into the room and angrily demanded to know what Jackson's qualifications were for receiving the award.

Huang kicked over a tea table in front of Jackson, prompting the surprised pop star to ask, "Is that guy all right?" the Kaohsiung-based Commons Daily newspaper reported.

Told that the award to Jackson was in recognition of his international contribution, Lin replied: "His international contribution has been to molest little boys."

During his last appearance in Taiwan in 1994, Jackson was dogged by accusations of child sexual abuse in the United States. No charges were ever filed after Jackson settled with his accuser for a reported $15 million.

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