President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday set up a southern campaign office in Greater Tainan for his re-election bid, pledging to focus more on promoting development in the south.
Ma, who doubles as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman, defended his government’s performance over the past three years in reviving the economy, building a clean government and promoting peace across the Taiwan Strait, while criticizing the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) record during the previous administration.
“Global economic growth rate was 1.7 percent, but Taiwan enjoyed a 3.6 percent economic growth rate … We are more capable [than the former DPP administration], right?” he said.
Ma said the DPP had said he would sell out Taiwan if elected, and that now he had proved that the only things he sold were fruits and other agricultural products from Taiwan amid government efforts to develop the agricultural industry.
“The KMT will start from the south and move forward to victory in the elections step by step,” he said.
The establishment of a campaign office in Tainan highlighted the KMT’s efforts to expand its support in traditional pan-green strongholds. Ma’s campaign office will set up another office in Greater Kaohsiung today as the president and his running mate, Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), spend more time campaigning in the south ahead of January’s presidential election.
Legislative candidates in Greater Tainan, including former KMT spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) and cable TV anchorperson Chen Yi-chen (陳以真) attended the opening of Ma’s southern campaign office, promising to win the legislative election.
Huang Cheng-hsiung (黃正雄), the director of Ma’s campaign office in Tainan, said the KMT has been gaining support in the south.