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INTERVIEW: Freddy Lim unfolds New Power Party platform

By Su Fang-ho and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Wu said he and his girlfriend, Lai, were surprised by Lim’s tenacity and often ignored his messages. However, impressed by Lim’s perseverance, the two finally decided to join his team.

Lim said that justice and fairness are the two tenets that underline everything he believes in, such as human rights, environmental protection, cultural policies, Taiwanese independence and transitional justice.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is very experienced in exploiting these two concepts, he said, adding that he hopes to engage the public by linking justice and fairness to issues that have immediate interests to the public.

“Many senior politicians told us not to tackle the issues of homeless people and urban renewal” in Taipei’s Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts, Lim said.

However, he believes that no household who refuses to relocate should be stigmatized as saboteurs of urban renewal by interested parties.

Instead, the government should come up with a mutually acceptable solution, he said, referring to a recent case in which a household in Zhongzheng District refused to move because of the owner’s belief in feng shui.

“My life is [committed to] next year’s [legislative elections],” Lim said, adding that the elections are pivotal to the nation’s development in the next decade.

He called for opinion leaders in every field to stand up and fight, to ensure that the KMT would, for the first time in history, lose its majority in the legislature.

“[Leaders] should not excuse themselves [from participating in the elections] or simply stump [for the NPP] to preserve their political capital. Please join us in making an effort,” Lim said.

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