Thu, Dec 05, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Nuclear referendum group gets backing from DPP

By Melody Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Nuke-4 Referendum Initiative Association yesterday alleged that KMT Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Jun-ying (黃俊英) lied when the group appealed for his support for a referendum on the fourth nuclear plant issue.

In a bid to promote a referendum on the fourth nuclear plant, the association has been seeking support from mayoral candidates in Taipei and Kaohsiung over the past two weeks.

Iap Phok-bun (葉博文), a member of the association, said they traveled to Huang's election headquarters to plead with him to sign an agreement to back the referendum on Nov. 23.

Iap said Huang's staff told them Huang was unable to sign the agreement because he was out of the office.

"As our volunteers were distributing our flyers in Huang's headquarters, one of them discovered Huang was actually presiding over a meeting there," Iap said.

"It wasn't necessary for him to sign the agreement, but we were very disappointed with his dishonest attitude," Iap said.

Taipei's Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) also refused to sign the agreement, said Harch Hong (洪清峰), another association member.

"Ma's reason for not signing the agreement is because the KMT does not support the referendum," Hong said.

Meanwhile, DPP Taipei mayoral candidate Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) and three other Kaohsiung mayoral candidates have said they would support a referendum.

Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) welcomed the referendum, as did independent candidates Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Shih Ming-te (施明德).

"Hsieh, although extremely busy when we visited his election headquarters, rushed back to receive us and sign the agreement," Iap said.

"What moved us most is that apart from pledging to back the referendum, Hsieh also told us he would keep his word to show his determination in supporting the referendum," Iap said.

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