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Hau Lung-bin, Chen Chu take office

PROUD TO BE A 'CITIZEN'The new mayor of Kaohsiung said that the city had given her a 'better understanding' of Taiwan and a 'fresh' appreciation of the nation's south

By Mo Yan-chih and Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTERS

"Only by challenging myself to the fullest in carrying out the city's work can I show my gratitude to everyone," she said.

Although she felt challenged to do a better job than former Kao-hsiung mayors, her administrative team would work closely to achieve that goal, she said.

Yeh told the attendees that she had completed her "rescue mission" of the city successfully, referring to the manner in which she became Kaohsiung's acting mayor after former mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) stepped down because of the involvement of his father, Chen Che-nan (陳哲男), in brokering Thai workers for the construction of the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit system two years ago.

"I can put down my concerns for Kaohsiung [because] Mayor Chen Chu will assume more responsibility [to the city]. Now I can begin a pleasant and free journey of my own," Yeh said.

"I am a Kaohsiung citizen. Kaohsiung gives me have a better understanding of Taiwan," Chen Chu said.

"It also gives me have a fresh understanding of southern Taiwan," she said.

"It is a quality unique to Kao-hsiung citizens to show their affection. Therefore, I want to be like a typical Kaohsiung citizen. I love Kaohsiung," she said.

Su praised Chen Chu's achievements when she served as minister of the Council of Labor Affairs and as Kaohsiung City's director-general of the Bureau of Social Affairs.

"As is her personality, she did her best and achieved great things. She won the support of Kaohsiung citizens and became the mayor. We should all applaud her," Su said.

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