Ma calls for unity at event to launch campaign’s album

‘WE ARE ONE’::Looking to woo younger voters, Ma teamed up with 100 Taiwanese from different backgrounds to sing his campaign theme song

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Mon, Oct 10, 2011 - Page 3

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday called for unity among all Taiwanese to make the nation a better place as he defended the legitimacy of the Republic of China (ROC), while adding that Taiwanese should identify Taiwan as their home and the ROC as their nation.

Speaking at a ceremony to launch his re-election campaign album “We Are One,” Ma said the album promotes the idea of a united nation without bias toward ethnic or political affiliations, adding that it is only through working together that the nation will be able to grow and prosper.

“All the people in Taiwan are one and no force can separate us. It was so when our ancestors came here 400 years ago and it is so now ... As I often say: The ROC is our country and Taiwan is our home,’” he said in Hakka at the ceremony at the Eslite Bookstore branch in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義).

Ma’s comments came ahead of today’s Double Ten National Day celebrations, as the government organized a series of events to mark the ROC’s centennial.

Ma has previously made the same remarks when challenging Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) proposed “Taiwan consensus,” insisting that there should be no hesitation or fear to support the ROC as a nation.

Prior to Double Ten National Day, Ma, who doubles as the chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), called on people to cross “unnecessary boundaries and lines” and come together to strive for a better future for the nation.

The campaign album, Ma said, reflected his determination to lead Taiwan to a better future by bringing all people together.

The album, designed by Grammy-nominated designer Xiao Qing-yang (蕭青陽) and produced by Ian Chen (陳建寧), is the latest attempt by Ma’s campaign team to boost his momentum among young voters.

The album features the campaign theme song We Are One in two versions, as well as two other songs in Taiwanese and Hakka.

For the album, Ma joined 100 Taiwanese from different ethnic groups and backgrounds to sing the theme song, which promotes ethnic reconciliation and a sense of unity among Taiwanese, the campaign team said.

Later, when attending ROC centennial celebratory events in Taipei, Ma defended his administration’s efforts to realize the goals laid out by the founder of the ROC, Sun Yat-sen (孫中山), 100 years ago.

“Taiwan’s freedom, democracy and equal distribution of wealth is a realization of the goals of the ROC’s founding father when he led the uprising 100 years ago,” Ma said.