Wed, Dec 03, 2014 - Page 8 News List

[ LETTER ]

Empowered young voters

Two things in the wake of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) “bloodbath” of the nine-in-one elections are indicative of how out of touch the party really is: First, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) still does not fully grasp the almost universal distrust that Taiwanese have for his very questionable leadership; and second, Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) is certainly lacking insight into just what it is that younger voters want so badly.

The vast majority of Taiwanese want to see their leaders lead with a sense of purpose beneficial to all, not just a chosen few.

They are so tired of the ruling party caring only for lining its own pockets. They have grown weary of the KMT’s collaborating with a country that will take away their liberty and rights to a better life through hard work. And yes, they want higher wages and more employment opportunities.

What younger voters should feel now is a sense of empowerment. They can make a difference when they work together. They can make the old power structure open its eyes to the fact that the old ways are not the way it will be.

However, with all this, the younger generation of voters needs to understand that they now have a responsibility to the nation. They have a responsibility to seek to better the way Taiwan is governed. They need to make an all-inclusive government, make it fair and equitable for all.

Tom Kuleck

Greater Taichung

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