Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (
Su made the remarks yesterday during a trip to boost the prospects of local candidates in Ilan County. While the year-end local government election is the first election Ma faced after taking over KMT chairmanship, and has been seen as the competition between Su and Ma, Su said that winning the local government election would depend on local talent.
"We [DPP] will win if we have good performance in local areas. So our biggest enemy is ourself, not Ma Ying-jeou," Su said.
According to Su, winners of this year's local government elections will be able to serve in their posts until 2008 or later, so it will be an important battle for Ma's reputation.
"The public expected Ma to reform KMT. However, the party's appointment of new personnel didn't seem so reformative," he added.
Complimenting the DPP's Ilan County commissioner candidate, former minister of justice Chen Ding-nan (
Meanwhile, in response to President Chen Shui-bian's (
"President Chen did not make those promises, and so it is unfair for some local officials to blame him for not taking care of the place. Local governments should solve problems themselves, and the central government is there to assist them," he said.