Sun, Nov 21, 2004 - Page 3 News List

`Ma troop' eyes legislature

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Labeling himself as "the only candidate who is endorsed by Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in Taipei City's north constituency," former Taipei City Government official and legislative candidate Lin Cheng-hsiu (林正修) said he will bring a new vitality to the pan-blue camp and become a powerful watchdog of the Democratic Progressive Party.

"I think the most serious problem of Taiwan currently his that the pan-green camp is not clear-headed, but the pan-blue camp is too regressive and has no vision," Lin said.

"The significance of my campaign is that I could demonstrate to voters that Ma's troops are different from other pan-blue candidates."

Having shown an ambition to enter politics since college, Lin was known for being a leader of the Wild Lily Students' Movement (野百合學運) which facilitated many political reforms in Taiwan in the 1990s. During graduate studies at National Taiwan University, Lin involved himself in social movements and participated in NGOs.

At the age of 31, Lin was invited by the incumbent deputy mayor Kin Pu-tsung (金溥聰), a former city government spokesman, to serve as the director at the Bureau of Civil Affairs. Four years later Lin served as the director of the Development and Evaluation Commission.

Lin is confident of his election prospects, saying that he is seeking the support of the younger generation, gay groups, Hakka people and technology circles, which are the groups that other candidate did not pay much attention to.

"I appeal to those voters who have high expectation of the pan-blue camp and hope it could become a powerful opposition party," Lin said, adding that the quality of lawmakers is just as important as the quantity of lawmakers.

Although Lin identified himself as a member of the pan-blue camp and also announced that he would join in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus if elected, Lin is running as an independent candidate, even though he is a member of Green Party.

Although he does not have the support of a political party, Lin has obtained the support of Ma, which he says has boosted his legitimacy.

Lin's campaign has aroused sense of crisis in many pan-blue camp candidates. KMT Legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖) and PFP Legislator Chin Huei-chu (秦慧珠) both complained about Lin's campaign rhetoric. "The pan-blue candidate's election could be jeopardized by those who call themselves `Ma's troops' who may grab too much of the pan-blue vote," Chin said.

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