Soochow University political science associate professor Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) criticized the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Tuesday, accusing DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of deceit, saying that she had promised him a nomination, but now announced that a poll must be conducted first instead.
In a SuperFM radio interview that aired on Tuesday night, Hsu said that on April 8, Tsai promised that the DPP would nominate him for the legislative seat representing the eighth electoral district in Taichung, saying that only Hsu could win against Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣).
Tsai had promised that she would take care of potential resentment from local DPP factions and that there would not be a poll to determine the DPP candidate in the district, Hsu said in the interview.
The DPP broke its promises, because he has been asked to participate in a poll with DPP Taichung City Councilor Hsieh Chih-chung (謝志忠) on June 15, Hsu said.
Hsu called the event a trap for him, saying he would not have enough time before the event to prepare to compete with a local councilor.
“The DPP completely failed to honor its word. This is not only disrespectful to me personally, but also disrespectful to voters in Taichung,” Hsu said in the interview. “I never thought that a party I have loved and supported so much in the past would hurt me this way.”
However, DPP Campaign Strategy Committee convener Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday denied that Tsai had made Hsu such a promise.
“The chairperson would never make promises about nominations; it has always been the Campaign Strategy Committee’s responsibility to decide such things,” Su told a brief news conference at DPP headquarters in Taipei yesterday.
He said that on April 8, participants at the meeting were only trying to make sure that Hsu would be willing to accept a direct nomination if the party were to forgo the polling process.
“However, during the period of time since, we have found that Hsieh has a good basis of support and sometimes his support surpasses Chiang’s. Therefore, we have discussed conducting a poll to see whether Hsieh or Hsu would have a better chance of winning against Chiang,” Su said.
“If [Hsu thinks] there is not enough time, we could give [him] more time. Our ultimate objective is to win the seat,” Su added.
Su said that Tsai had never promised that Hsu would receive the official DPP nomination without going through the poll, “because no one could make such a decision other than the Central Executive Committee and the Campaign Strategy Committee.”
LIABILITIES MULLED: New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi said Taipei would find out if the firm was legally registered, the guide was licensed and the weather was assessed The assets of Tian Da Local Nature Co are to be frozen after at least four people died after falling into the Beishi River (北勢溪) on an outing the company had organized on Saturday, the Taipei City Government said yesterday. Six people — two adults and four children — were washed away by a flash flood on the river in New Taipei City’s Hubaotan (虎豹潭) area. They were participating in a Nature Joy Camp outdoor activity with a group of 16 adults and 15 children led by a guide surnamed Su (蘇). As of 4:30pm yesterday, four of the missing had been
Taiwanese worked more hours than people in all but three other countries in the world last year, Ministry of Labor data showed. Singapore placed first in average hours worked among the 40 economies surveyed, with an average of 2,288 hours per worker last year, the data showed. The city-state was followed by Colombia with 2,172 hours — based on 2019 data — and Mexico with 2,124 hours, it showed. Taiwan came in fourth, with 2,021 hours, it showed. South Korean workers clocked the third-most hours in Asia, with 1,908 hours, followed by Japan with 1,598 hours, it showed. However, compared with 2019, the survey found
The US 7th Fleet yesterday confirmed that a US Navy ship transited the Taiwan Strait on Thursday and Friday. “The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey [DDG 105] conducted a Taiwan Strait transit in cooperation with Royal Canadian Navy [RCN] Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Winnipeg, October 14-15, 2021,” the US 7th Fleet said in a statement. “Dewey’s and Winnipeg’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Cooperation like this represents the centerpiece of our approach to a secure and prosperous region,” it added. The transit marked the
‘COUNTERPRODUCTIVE’: The German, French and Singaporean missions said that Taiwan’s COVID-19 restrictions are hindering local projects and business operations Several foreign missions in Taiwan have urged the government to ease its strict COVID-19 border controls, which they say are hurting in-person exchanges and business operations. The missions made the appeal in response to media inquiries on how the border controls have affected their respective countries’ exchanges with Taiwan, amid growing concerns voiced privately by Taiwan-based foreign offices and businesses regarding the restrictions. Taiwan has maintained strict entry requirements since March last year, generally prohibiting most arrivals except for citizens and foreign residents, while it has required those who enter the country to undergo a stringent 14-day quarantine. Although the rules have been