In its latest bid to woo young voters, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien’s (連勝文) campaign team yesterday urged young people to “listen to their parents” on who to vote for today.
The Lien campaign team placed advertisements in newspapers and on TV yesterday.
One of the newspaper advertisments, with the headline: “This election, please listen to your parents,” appeared to be a response to a campaign video released by independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) two weeks ago.
The roughly two-minute-long campaign video released by Ko’s camp on Nov. 16 was titled “This time, listen to your children.”
It started by asking: “How long has it been since you last listened to your children? Do you know what they are worried about? Life has never been easy.” The video encouraged viewers to think about how the concentration of resources in the hands of a few people has affected the younger generation and their worries.
“This city is oppressing your children… Maybe you can’t give your children jobs… [but you] can protect them and help them as you did when they were little. This time, don’t vote for your own sake. Vote for your children and grandchildren. This time, listen to your children,” the voice-over said.
Lien also appealed to young voters in his newspaper advertisments, saying they would cause their parents anxiety if they vote for the wrong candidate, because they would “lose out on competitiveness” and then “lose everything.”
“Life is not as easy as you think. Only when change is in the right direction will you have a bright future. You not only vote for yourself, but for your parents and the next generation,” Lien’s advertisements read.
Another newspaper advertisment placed by Lien’s camp was aimed at Ko’s independent status and his alleged affiliation with the pan-green camp.
The Lien camp called Ko “a deep green in disguise” in the advertisment.
The ad described Taiwan as a patient who has been “placed on ECMO” [extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] since 2002 when the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was in power.
In 1994 Ko introduced the ECMO treatment that provides both cardiac and respiratory support to critically ill patients and led the National Taiwan University Hospital to establish its world-renowned ECMO team. He has been dubbed the “father of ECMO” in Taiwan.
The advertisment said a victory for the pan-green camp would be tantamount to a victory for the DPP, for the Sunflower movement and for former DPP chairmen Lin I-hsiung (林義雄), who asked the public to closely examine the controversial Free Economic Pilot Zone project following his hunger strike in late April that forced the government to halt the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao (貢寮), New Taipei City.
As a result, Taiwan would lose if Lien loses the election, it said.
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