Hau urges end to divisions

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 - Page 3

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday called for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to be more proactive in seeking political reconciliation with the opposition camp, urging the pan-blue and pan-green camps to put aside political ideologies and work together on the nation’s development.

Speaking on political reconciliation yesterday at the Taiwan Brain Trust (TBT) think tank, Hau, a KMT member, said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who is the KMT chairman, and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) should enhance party-to-party communication and seek to end the political divides that have stalled the nation’s development.

“Confrontations between the pan-blue and pan-green camps make it difficult to push policies forward,” he said.

Hau delivered his speech after an invitation from the pro-independence group. The think tank’s founder Koo Kwang-ming (辜寬敏), its chairman Wu Rong-i (吳榮義) and DPP heavyweight Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文) also attended the event.

Hau’s appearance attracted speculation about his possible intention to draw support from the pan-green camp as a political strategy during the last year of his second term.

However, the Taipei mayor dismissed such speculations when discussing his speech with the media, and said he was merely expressing concern about the nation’s future in the face of political divisions.

“Anything I do inevitably attracts political interpretations, but what I am worried about is the confrontation between the two main political camps. If we cannot resolve disputes, no matter who is elected the national leader, he or she cannot lead the nation forward,” Hau said.

After the KMT and the DPP failed to organize a meeting between Ma and Su, Hau said the two parties should make more efforts to promote communications and push the nation forward.