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Elections 2006: Soong promises to be a `servant for Taipei residents'

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Independent Taipei mayoral candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) has appealed to voters with his experience as a public administrator and promised to be a "servant for Taipei residents" and provide full municipal services to the public.

"Taipei residents' small concerns are my big concerns," Soong, who has temporarily left his post as chairman of the People First Party to join the election, said yesterday.

Bao Hui-chuan (包慧娟), spokeswoman for Soong, said that the camp decided to use a remodeled tour bus as Soong's mobile office to allow the mayoral candidate to reach and directly exchange ideas with residents in different parts of the city.

Attacking Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) policies, including the renovation of traditional markets and urban regeneration projects, Soong said he would overhaul urban development and construction ordinances and build more skyscrapers like Taipei 101 to attract foreign investors and tourists.

While focusing his attacks on Ma and his pan-blue camp counterpart, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), some of Soong's policies shared similarities with Hau's.

Soong has proposed upgrading Taipei Songshan Airport into an international airport to serve as a terminal for cross-strait flights, as well as vowed to improve public security, maintain a clean government, demand that city government officials uphold the office's integrity and establish an anti-corruption department in the city administration.

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