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2014 ELECTIONS: Lien vows to keep family out of city governance

Staff Writer, with CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) vowed during Friday’s TV debate that none of his family members would be allowed to get involved in city management if he is elected mayor in the Nov. 29 local election.

Speaking during his two-hour televised debate against independent candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), a physician at National Taiwan University Hospital, Lien made the pledge and described it as “my bottom line in terms of integrity and moral standards.”

Lien, a son of former vice president and former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰), underlined the fierce competition facing Taipei from cities in China and Southeast Asia and said time was not on the side of Taipei because high-paying jobs are flowing out of the city.

He vowed to build Taipei into a better city at a time when citizens are amazed by the glittering Seoul they see in South Korean dramas.

Sean Lien, who boasts his success in making the Taipei EasyCard Corp profitable during his term as chairman, also vowed to make Taipei a city suitable for both elderly and young people.

The KMT candidate also said he was determined to help the middle class and small and medium-sized businesses seek new opportunities by easing unreasonable regulations and reforming inadequate systems.

“If elected, I will encourage municipal officials to fully assume responsibity and take on challenges,” he said.

Saying that he will make Taipei a great city capable of embracing people from all backgrounds, Sean Lien promised that his muncipal management team will open its arms to people with different ideas.

Sean Lien asked Taipei citizens to give him a chance to serve the city, and said his primary opponent Ko would not solve their problems.

On the sidelines of a campaign event yesterday, Ko, in response to media queries regarding Sean Lien’s pledge not to allow any of his family members to get involved in city management and interfere with politics if he is elected mayor, said: “They [the Liens] don’t interfere with politics, they just take part in politics [by pursuing political careers].”

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