Fri, Oct 06, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Chen says his opponents should put nation first

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) yesterday called on his opponents to value the nation's hard-earned democratic achievements and put aside their personal and political interests.

"Taiwan has transformed itself from an authoritarian regime into a democracy. We owe it to our democratic pioneers [to be selfless]," Chen said.

"[Those involved in] political confrontation or mass movements should free themselves from individual or political interests and value the [nation's] hard-earned democratic achievements," he added.

Disputes

Chen said that all disputes must be resolved via legal means rather than resorting to measures outside the system.

Chen made the remarks in his latest weekly e-newsletter published yesterday in response to an e-mail he received.

The e-mail, sent by someone who identified himself as "Hsiao Ban," informed Chen of an online campaign dubbed "Value Taiwan, Handle with Care."

Reacting to the campaign started by former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德) to oust Chen, Hsiao said that an increasing number of "netizens," himself included, had joined the online campaign to spread the message that Taiwan is a fragile entity that requires careful handling.

In contrast to the red color adopted by the anti-Chen campaign, the online campaign has chosen grey to signify its political "neutrality."

`Fragile'

The campaign's logo features an outline of Taiwan bearing the English word "fragile" and the Chinese characters for the words "fragile" and "careful."

Chen said he agreed with the sentiments of the campaign.

"Once a glass is broken, it will still be cracked even though we spend a lot of time and effort to fix it," he said.

Chen called on the public to show the same passion that characterized the hand-in-hand activity on Sept. 28 last year and demonstrate their love for the nation.

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