Although he remained silent on whether he will run in the Taipei mayoral race, People First Party Chairman James Soong (
"I have finished the first stage of my homework to prepare for the election -- visiting all the chiefs of the city's 449 boroughs. If I am able to find solutions to their problems before the next stage, I will come forward and do the right thing," Soong said.
Soong made the comments about Taipei's development at a press conference after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
Speaking after Soong, Wang said that Soong had done a great job during his term as Taiwan provincial governor and that his experience would be a great asset to Taipei.
"If Soong decides to join the fray and wins, it will benefit Taipei," Wang said.
However, Wang said he wasn't saying this to help Soong solicit votes, which would contravene his party's position.
"I am in the PFP's office today. I therefore have to make some thoughts and response to Soong's vision for the city," Wang said.
Meanwhile, former premier Frank Hsieh (
After meeting President Chen Shui-bian (
Hsieh said he still had no intention of running for the Taipei mayorship.
As soon as he returned from the US last Saturday, Hsieh met with Chen, who reportedly tried to persuade him to run for Taipei mayor. Hsieh reportedly refused.
To convince Hsieh to change his mind, Yu met him at DPP headquarters yesterday.
After the meeting, Yu said he told Hsieh that the DPP wanted him to run in the election.
"But Hsieh still said that he has no intention of joining the election," Yu said.
In related developments, former Council of Labor Affairs chairwoman Chen Chu (
When asked about Hsieh's refusal to run in Taipei's mayoral election, Chen Chu said she was confident in Hsieh because he was wise and knew what kind of role he should play in the DPP.
"I believe that Hsieh clearly knows how to help the DPP get through the crisis that it faces now," Chen Chu said.