Bringing the focus of today's legislative elections on to domestic issues, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (
Speaking in response to President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) promises on domestic issues at Taipei 101 yesterday, Lien presented nine educational and economic policies that the pan-blue alliance would promote if the pan-blue camp can win a majority today.
Making a play on the Taiwanese words for "excellent," Lien showed the media party advertisements delineating its "Wu Kao Chan" (有九讚) policies.
Lien again called on Chen yesterday morning to consider nominating Deputy Legislative Speaker Chiang Pin-kun (
If given a majority, the pan-blue alliance will work to, first, promote a youth educational benefits statute (
Secondly, Lien said, the pan-blue alliance will work to increase the amount of money invested in education from 2 percent to 6 percent of the nation's GDP.
Third, Lien proposed the creation of a statute providing for equal treatment for both private and public school teachers in their retirement (
There is no government-provided retirement plan for farmers, added Lien, criticizing the government for having enough money to pay for the controversial NT$610.8 billion special arms budget and not for providing the nation's farmers with a comfortable retirement. If the pan-blue camp wins a majority, it will push for the creation of a health insurance statute (
Fifth, the pan-blue alliance will push for a better Social Service and Rescue Law (
The pan-blue camp will also push for the creation of a statute allowing voluntary military service (
Again criticizing the Chen administration on the NT$610.8 billion arms budget, Lien also called for the formation of a statute regulating national large-scale arms purchases (
Lastly, Lien criticized the government for wasting the nation's resources, echoing evaluations by social groups estimating that government projects such as the failed Fourth Nuclear Power Plant project have wasted over NT$6 trillion of the public's money. As a result, the pan-blue alliance will push for a fiscal discipline law (
To help the party's chances today, Lien added his efforts to the party's telephone campaign for the elections yesterday morning, personally phoning supporters to remind them to vote tomorrow.
While phoning supporters, Lien told reporters that he hoped Chen would support Lien's recommendation Thursday that deputy legislative speaker Chiang Pin-kun (江丙坤) be made the next premier in the case of a pan-blue majority, given his strong background in economic planning.