Dec. 1 elections: KMT announces marches, launches ad attacking DPP

By Stephanie Low  /  STAFF REPORTER

Fri, Nov 09, 2001 - Page 3

To draw attention to the nation's economic woes and the plight of unemployed ahead of the Dec. 1 elections, the KMT has announced that it will hold marches simultaneously in 22 counties and cities tomorrow.

Chao Shou-po (趙守博), director-general of the party's Organization and Development Committee, said it is time for the government, which he says has failed to offer concrete solutions, to face up to economic problems.

"Rescuing the economy and lowering the unemployment rate is our theme for these elections. The DPP government should stop trying to distract public attention with political issues," Chao said.

According to Chao, KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) will head the Taipei parade, which is expected to attract some 10,000 people.

The party also launched a TV commercial yesterday, its sixth, which lampoons the government for poor teamwork and incompetence in resolving economic problems. The ad parodies President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), DPP Chairman Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and DPP Secretary-General Wu Nai-jen (吳乃仁).

Filmed singing the popular Taiwanese song Wait A Moment at a KTV, the actor playing Chen refuses to give up the microphone, despite singing out of tune.

KMT Spokesman Wang Chih-kang (王志剛) said the ad highlights the inefficiency of the government, which he said is the result of the DPP's poorly coordinated teamwork.

"Though the unemployment rate has climbed quite high, the DPP wants the people to wait a moment. It wants the people to wait for everything," Wang said.

"We are telling the people with this ad that the government has made a mess of Taiwan, but it still refuses to share power," Wang added.