Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (
By allowing more recreational activities along the coast -- such as the use of jet skis, yachts and smaller sailboats -- Taiwan's coastline could become as popular as Florida's beaches or Australia's Gold Coast, Ma said.
"The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) promised to establish Taiwan as an `ocean country,' but never carried out any policies ?The government is still enforcing martial law on the coastline," Ma said in Chiayi County.
Ma proposed allowing fishermen to operate recreational businesses and to make it easier for interested parties apply to operate helicopter tours.
Citing Kenting (
Ma also met with fishermen from Dongshih Fishing Port in Chiayi, signed a petition presented by fishermen and promised to give the fishing industry a 14 percent fuel subsidy.
Several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters were on hand to protest Ma's planned "long-stay" visit to southern Taiwan.
"Ma's long stay plan is a fake. He is not qualified to run for the presidential election," they shouted.
Ma condemned the protesters' actions and urged DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (
"This kind of action is not reconciliation ... Running in the election with such tactics will only create unnecessary clashes," he said.