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DPP's big guns head to Hsinchu to boost candidates

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER , IN HSINCHU COUNTY

In a bid to boost the prospects of its four Hakka candidates who are running for posts in the year-end local government elections, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday held its Central Standing Committee in Hsinchu County.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-cheng (蘇貞昌), Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) all attended the central standing committee to help boost the momentum of the DPP's candidates in Hakka constituencies, including Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, Taoyuan County and Miaoli County.

The candidates

Provincial Governor Lin Kuang-hua (林光華), Hsinchu City Councilor Cheng Kwai-yuan (鄭貴元), Taiwan Salt Co (台鹽) chairman Cheng Po-ching (鄭寶清) and Miaoli City Mayor Chiu Bing-kun (邱炳坤), respectively, are the four candidates nominated by the DPP to run in the regions.

Before the Central Standing Committee meeting, Su and the four candidates made traditional Hakka tea, known as leicha (擂茶), or ground tea, together. Su also showed the Hakka that he has learned over the last few months.

Hakka vote

"The DPP government has put in a lot of effort to protect Hakka culture and I believe that the DPP's four candidates deserve our Hakka friends' trust," Su said.

Meanwhile, discussing Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) Chairwoman Chen Chu's (陳菊) resignation offer on Monday, Su voiced his support for Chen, saying her action showed her sense of responsibility.

"Chen Chu's performance in leading the CLA is obvious to all. I think her resignation is the representation of responsible politics, which is also a tradition of the DPP," Su said.

Comment on Resignations

"Chen fought for human rights and democracy for decades, so I understand that she is very sad about the riot by the Thai laborers. She has always set high standards for herself," Su said.

"The DPP respects her decision," he added.

But Su also stressed that the most important thing right now was to discover the cause of the problems that led to the riot, and correct them.

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