Not to be outdone by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) policy platform presentation this past week, President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) campaign team said Ma would also release a 10-year policy platform in the middle of next month.
The team’s executive director King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), said Ma would put forward a platform that explains his vision for Taiwan and how he plans to help the country achieve its next “golden decade.”
King said he looks forward to debating policy with the DPP, a discussion that he believes will have a positive impact on voters.
“We can compete over the policy differences,” he said on Friday.
At a separate setting on Friday, Ma pledged to create a new image for the nation as a global peacemaker, provider of humanitarian aid and trailblazer for Chinese culture.
Ma made the remarks while addressing the closing ceremony of this year’s Southern Taiwan Leadership Institute of Education camp in Greater Kaohsiung.
Ma said that he needed another four years to realize his vision for the country. His first term was for “rectifying the mistakes of the previous regime,” he said. The next four would be about the future, he said
Ma outlined six goals for his next term — creating a vibrant economy, establishing clean government, developing a society that embraces the promotion of public welfare, creating a sustainable environment, maintaining peace between Taiwan and China and building a country that is friendly to the international community.
He also included environmental protection and fighting corruption as key policy aims.
Citing his government’s performance over the past three years, Ma said he had done many things the previous DPP administration could not have achieved, including securing Taiwan an invitation as an observer to the World Health Assembly.
Taiwanese travelers now enoy visa waivers in 117 countries, Ma added.
“As long as the country is respected, its people can live with dignity,” he said.
Ma also talked about becoming a regional center for higher education and a creator of new technologies and business opportunities.