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`Feng shui' led to blues' victory, lawmaker says

LUCK The KMT removed a swimming pool outside its headquarters after `feng shui' experts warned the party that the water would make it vulnerable to the DPP

AFP , TAIPEI

Improved feng shui brought about by filling in a swimming pool outside its Taipei headquarters helped the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to achieve its surprise victory in the legislative elections, a KMT lawmaker said yesterday.

The KMT-led pan-blue camp won a total of 114 out of the 225 seats in the Dec. 11 elections despite expectations it would do worse and, according to KMT Legislator Chi Kuo-tung (紀國棟), the ancient Chinese philosophy had an important part to play.

"Our momentum for the legislative election was enhanced after the swimming pool was filled. I think it has a psychological impact," he told cable news channel TVBS.

"When people tell you it's bad [feng shui], you'd rather believe it's true," he said.

The election followed the KMT's narrow defeat in the March presidential election, after a mysterious election-eve shooting lightly wounded President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his running mate, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮).

The pan-green camp, led by Chen's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was tipped to make gains in the recent elections to seize control of the legislature for the first time, but ended up with only 101 seats.

But not everyone in the KMT is convinced the party's change of luck in the most recent poll could be ascribed to feng shui, an ancient Chinese belief in channelling good and bad psychic energy through the careful arrangement of furniture and ornaments.

Some feng shui experts had reportedly warned the KMT a large pool of water near its base would make it vulnerable to the DPP, considering the reference to water in the president's first name.

"This is only pure coincidence," KMT Spokeswoman Kuo Su-chun (郭素春) said.

Originating from ancient Taoism, feng shui theories remain popular in Taiwan, where there are at least 4 million Taoist followers out of the 23 million residents.

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