Sun, Dec 21, 2003 - Page 3 News List

DPP working hard to win Hakka votes

ELECTION BATTLE The DPP has been making inroads in a community that has historically been considered a KMT stronghold -- but this could change radically

By Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

Provincial Governor Lin Kwan-hua agreed with Lee, saying the DPP's campaign team should respond more actively to rebut the KMT's accusations.

"The KMT thought they were the guardian of the Hakka people -- this is a very ridiculous lie," Lin said.

National Policy Advisor Liang Jung-mao (梁榮茂) said the KMT has complained that the DPP has done little for the Hakka people, but "what have they done for the Hakka people in the past 50 years?"

DPP Legislator Peng Tien-fu (彭添富), a Hakka, urged the party to do more promotion of its administrative performance of Hakka affairs, which he said were not properly understood by Hakka people.

"The problem now is that, as the election nears, many Hakka people are still not very well informed about what the DPP administration has done for them. Hakka people are more conservative in nature, and therefore are not very expressive in disseminating this information. The DPP officials and campaigners need to do more in this regard," Peng said.

Hakka historian Lee Yung-chih (李永熾), who is also director of the preparatory office of the national human rights hall, said the fact that Yeh had not been named as Chen's running mate might disappoint Hakka supporters. He urged the DPP to place Yeh in an important position in the campaign organization.

Lee suggested that the party add Yeh to the DPP's top campaign decision-making body, which features the five major campaigners, known as the "five tiger generals" -- Premier Yu Shyi-kun, Taipei County Commissioner Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), DPP Secretary General Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄), Secretary General of the Presidential Office Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) and Kaohsiung City Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷).

"If Yeh could join the top campaign decision-making mechanism, it would demonstrate the DPP's emphasis on the Hakka vote again and further consolidate Hakka support," Lee said.

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