TAIPEI - A Taiwanese watchdog Friday called for President Ma Ying-jeou to be probed over claims he allowed a company off almost $100 million in payments for a massive Taipei construction project while the city’s mayor. The Clean Government Committee has been investigating Ma, whose immunity from prosecution expires next year, for allegedly granting favours to Farglory Land Development Co., which signed the contract with the city government to build the Taipei Dome stadium in 2006.

The project was expected to generate Tw$2.8 billion ($91.21 million) of royalties for city authorities, but the watchdog said it had found evidence Ma and other officials dropped the payments after meeting Farglory’s chairman in 2004.

“Then mayor Ma and Department of Finance commissioner Lee Sush-der cut the royalty to zero... which we considered a serious violation of the law to benefit (Farglory) that prosecutors should investigate,” said Cheng Wen-lung, a member of the committee.

“We recommended the committee to forward Ma and Lee to the Special Investigation Division,” which is in charge of probing high-level corruption, he told reporters.