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KMT’s Ting Shou-chung launches campaign Web site

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) yesterday launched a campaign Web site as part of his efforts to compete in the party’s primary for next year’s Taipei mayoral election.

The site features four short films detailing the political achievements of Ting, who is serving his seventh term in the legislature.

Among his touted achievements are a push for the ratification of a law making the wearing of motorcycle helmets mandatory, the Compulsory Automobile Liability Insurance Act (強制汽車責任保險法) and the Act Governing Issuance of Electronic Stored Value Cards (電子票證發行管理條例), as well as his promotion of non-step buses in the Greater Taipei area to make public transport more accessible to elderly and physically challenged people.

The Compulsory Automobile Liability Insurance Act, which went into force in 1998, aims to ensure prompt basic coverage for injured parties in traffic accidents, while the Act Governing Issuance of Electronic Stored Value Cards, which took effect in 2009, is designed to facilitate the use of electronic stored-value cards — such as EasyCard, the most popular IC public transport pass among Taipei residents — for multiple payment purposes.

The film featuring Ting’s endeavors to advocate for the passage of the Act Governing Issuance of Electronic Stored Value Cards, which shows former Taipei Easycard Corp president Sean Lien (連勝文) hailing the legislator as the “father of Taiwan’s electronic stored-value cards” at a campaign event in 2011, has drawn the media’s attention.

Lien is so far seen as the most likely candidate to represent the KMT in the Taipei mayoral election, though he has remained tight-lipped about his bid.

Asked if Lien’s potential election bid could affect his campaign strategies, Ting yesterday said: “Not at all. I have been preparing for this [the Taipei mayoral election] for the past 19 years. I believe my credentials and achievements can withstand competition from anyone.”

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