Fri, Aug 14, 2015 - Page 3 News List

DPP pans Chu over double duty

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday urged New Taipei City Mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) to choose between the two positions, as he has failed to serve either post well.

“Chu has failed to deal with the demands of his job as city mayor, including the aftermath of a series of dust explosions at Formosa Fun Coast water park and rescue efforts after Typhoon Soudelor devastated New Taipei City, while seeming to be out of touch with the controversy surrounding adjustments to high-school curriculum guidelines,” DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) said. “Obviously, Chu is incapable of serving both positions well and should focus on one only, otherwise, he will fail at both.”

“Perhaps he should choose between the two to avoid letting down New Taipei City residents and KMT members,” he added.

The typhoon has caused severe flooding in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) and severely damaged Wulai District (烏來), with many people still missing, Huang said.

Chu has apparently forgotten his responsibility as a mayor and has been busy organizing meetings and rallies among local KMT leaders to bolster the campaign of presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), he added.

Furthermore, although the KMT and DPP caucuses have reached an agreement to ask the Ministry of Education to review the curriculum guidelines changes, “Chu does not seem to know what is going on, because he is still calling on political parties to stay out of the dispute.”

“Chu should not turn around and act as the party chairman when New Taipei City residents need him, leaving his deputy mayor to be trapped in Wulai, or take shelter in the city government when his party is in trouble,” Huang said.

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