Ma should stop his KMT re-election bid: New Party boss

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Dec 22, 2012 - Page 3

New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) yesterday said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) should stop seeking re-election as Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman, and focus his efforts on cultivating talents and finding a successor.

Yok, leader of the pan-blue camp, expressed concern about Ma’s low approval ratings amid public discontent over the government’s performance. The election of Park Geun-hye as the first female president of South Korea is good news for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as it can use the occasion to promote the reputation of former DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who lost her bid for the presidency to Ma in January’s presidential election, he said.

“President Ma should consider not running for chairman again. Instead of thinking about how to win the KMT’s chairmanship election, Ma should make more efforts to lead Taiwan out of difficulties and find a successor who would compete with opposition leaders,” Yok said yesterday in an interview with the Chinese-language United Evening News.

He suggested that Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), who had run in the KMT chairman election, would be a good candidate for the KMT’s next chairperson.

Ma has pledged to run for re-election as KMT chairman and has started visiting branches around the nation to meet with party delegates amid his efforts to consolidate support.

The KMT is to arrange for Ma to tour the nation next year and communicate with party members in forums and activities to boost his support.