With the Taipei mayoral election only two days away, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and party candidate Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) dismissed the idea of a "dump-and-save" strategy that would call for People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) to drop out of the race.
Ma and Hau said that the KMT was not urging voters to "dump Soong to save Hau" to prevent a split in the pan-blue vote. They refused to respond to Soong's recent criticism of the KMT.
Hau, however, expressed worries about a pan-blue split.
"We are not that optimistic about the election, as any election is unpredictable. There is a possibility that I would lose the election if pan-blue's votes were split," Hau said at his campaign headquarters while meeting the press.
Although Hau has been leading in most opinion polls, he said the pan-blue camp had predicted that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) could get about 36 percent to 43 percent of the votes.
Commenting on Hsieh's invitation to former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) to campaign for him, Hau said it was normal during campaigns to invite party heavyweights to boost support for a candidate.
"If a candidate failed to present a solid platform and tried to win the election through the use of smear campaigns, it would be useless [to ask others to help] even if he invited God to campaign for him," Hau said.
Ma accompanied Hau as he stumped through the Datung district, criticized Hsieh for indulging in groundless speculation about Soong withdrawing.
"Chairman Soong and I did not talk about `dumping and saving' in our meeting, and I do not think he will withdraw from the election ? Hsieh said that because he has no other issues to talk about," the Taipei mayor said.
Pledging to win the election, Hau said he would make a serious effort to repair relations with the pan-green camp and seek cross-party cooperation.
Hau plans to spend today and tomorrow visiting as many districts as possible, especially those with military families, who mostly support the pan-blue camp.
Ma will be in Kaohsiung to stump for KMT mayoral candidate Huang Chun-ying (黃俊英).
Meanwhile, KMT Spokesman Huang Yu-cheng (黃玉振) apologized for mistakenly sending a text message to reporters who cover the KMT beat.
"The Soong-[DPP Chairman] Yu [Shyi-kun] meeting didn't happen because Soong's conditions that the DPP should give up its position on independence and agree to the opening of direct transportation to Shanghai were not accepted," the text message read.
Huang said that the message was part of a report on news coverage of election-related topics and that staff members had erred in sending it to reporters.
Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among