Sat, Dec 13, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Ko visits house of former president Lee to seek advice

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Former president Lee Teng-hui, second left, and Taipei mayor-elect Ko Wen-je, second right, talk to the media in Taipei yesterday after holding a meeting lasting over two-and-a-half hours.

Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday received Taipei mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) at his residence in Taipei, telling him to be “humble, calm and patient” when serving as mayor, as Ko paid him a visit to seek advice.

Escorting Ko out of his residence — after a meeting that lasted nearly three hours — the former president told the media that he has said everything he wanted to tell Ko during the meeting, urging Ko to keep all his campaign promises, while expressing his wish that Ko would lead the way to change Taiwan’s politics.

“I told him [Ko] that, as he has promised the people so much during the campaign, he must honor his words to increase the welfare of the people of Taiwan,” Lee told reporters.

Lee said that since he had also served as mayor of Taipei from 1978 to 1981, he knows about the challenges that a mayor might encounter.

“I’ve reminded him what he should be paying attention to, and pointed out problems that have long existed since I was the mayor,” Lee said.

Lee said he has some expectations of Ko, because he won the election in a way that no one else has in Taiwan’s electoral history — politics that went beyond fighting along party lines.

He said that, while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) suffered a serious setback, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should not think that it has won, “because it is the people of Taiwan who won the election, and the two parties should work together for the welfare of the people.”

Commenting on New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) announcement of his intention to run for KMT chairman and support for amending the Constitution, Lee said that it is a good thing that Chu hopes the KMT grabs the opportunity to reform.

“I would be happy if the KMT would work hard for the people,” he added.

Ko said that yesterday was his seventh visit to Lee and that he has learned a lot with each visit.

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