King Pu-tsiung (金溥聰), executive director of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) re-election campaign office yesterday accused Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of avoiding public scrutiny and said it would be disturbing if she were elected president.
Speaking at a democracy camp for students organized by the campaign team in Greater Kaohsiung, King accused Tsai of dodging issues after making accusations against him and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) of abusing national resources or manipulating polls to boost support for Ma and party candidates.
“When you denied the accusations and asked her for comments, Chairperson Tsai refused to respond and dodged those issues … It’s disturbing to hand our nation to a leader who makes accusations without any proof and avoids public examination,” he said.
King also criticized the DPP’s handling of recent controversies surrounding the farmhouse of DPP vice presidential candidate Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), and urged Su to face public examination and clarify the matter, rather than blame the KMT for raising the issue.
Su has been mired in controversy in recent weeks following KMT Legislator Chiu Yi’s (邱毅) allegation that Su’s farmhouse in Pingtung County, which is registered under his wife’s name, violates rules that only farmers can own farmhouses and that 90 percent of the farmland can be used only for farming.
As January’s presidential and legislative elections approach, Ma and his running mate, Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), yesterday attended the launch ceremony of the first campaign headquarters in Chiayi City, with former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) attending the event to campaign for the presidential ticket.
Going hand-in-hand with Ma and Wu on the stage, Lien praised the president’s integrity and capabilities, calling for people in Chiayi to support Ma.
“Chiayi City is a sacred land of democracy, and Chiayi people should support a man of integrity, and with vision and capabilities to reform the nation,” he said in Taiwanese.
Ma and Wu will visit Yilan County today to attend the launch of a campaign headquarters in the county, and return to Taipei later in the afternoon to attend the launch of another campaign headquarters in New Tapei City (新北市).
The KMT is slated to launch Ma and Wu’s national campaign headquarters next to the KMT headquarters in Taipei on Oct. 30.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
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