President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday led Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) officials to campaign for KMT Sinbei mayoral candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫) in Sanchong (三重), launching a series of large-scale campaign activities ahead of the special municipality elections on Nov. 27.
Leading party members to chant “Victory for Eric Chu,” Ma, in his capacity as the KMT chairman, touted Chu’s major campaign promise of completing the construction of more MRT lines, and questioned the ability of Chu’s opponent, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), to carry out her campaign promises.
“Taipei City and Sinbei City should be one big community, and connecting the two cities using MRT lines is very important … The DPP’s candidate criticized the proposal, and she didn’t realize that Chu is capable of carrying out the plan. The government will help the city to reach that goal,” Ma said during the party’s weekly Central Standing Committee (CSC) meeting at Sanchong Stadium.
Ma also defended the government’s efforts at upgrading the status of Taipei County to a special municipality and criticized the DPP and former Taipei County commissioner Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), who is now running for Taipei mayor, for failing to do so in the past eight years.
As part of the Ma administration’s rezoning initiative, Taipei County will be upgraded to a special municipality in December and renamed Sinbei City.
Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan cities and counties will also be merged and upgraded to special municipalities as well.
Presenting his campaign platform, Chu promised that if elected, he would address major issues local residents cared about, including traffic, medical care and education, while saying Tsai lacked experience in governing a city.
Continuing the electoral campaigning, the KMT will hold its CSC meeting in Taichung and Taipei in the following weeks.
The KMT will also use the party’s anniversary on Nov. 20 to campaign for its candidates.
In other news, KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), in response to People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong’s (宋楚榆) recent attacks against the KMT while campaigning for Kaohsiung County Commissioner Yang Chiu-hsin (楊秋興) and PFP city councilor candidates, said that the KMT respected Soong’s remarks, and the party remained united in seeking election victories.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), who doubles as chief supervisor for KMT Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Chao-shun’s (黃昭順) campaign, meanwhile, said the KMT would never abandon its own candidate to support Yang.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY FLORA WANG
‘EFFECTIVE DETERRENCE’: If the Biden administration suspends arms sales to Taiwan, the military could still ready a nimble fighting force for defense, an analyst said The “US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” last week sparked debate among analysts after US President Donald Trump declassified the document 20 years ahead of schedule. Trump on Tuesday last week released the document that had governed US strategic action in the region since the US leader approved its use in 2018. The document, which outlines US priorities in the region, emphasizes the importance of defending Taiwan against military aggression and facilitating the country’s development of asymmetric strategies and capabilities. The overall directive of the document is for the US to prevent China from establishing sustained air and sea dominance inside the first
ALLEVIATING FEARS: The CECC would only announce public places where it is difficult to identify everyone there at the same time as the couple, minister Chen said The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced six places where two locally infected COVID-19 cases had visited between Thursday last week and Sunday, urging people who had been at the places at the same time to monitor their health. The couple, cases 838, a doctor, and 839, his nurse girlfriend, were reported by the center on Tuesday. The doctor had treated a patient with COVID-19 last week before he began suffering symptoms on Friday, while the nurse began suffering symptoms on Saturday. They work in the same hospital in northern Taiwan, but the nurse had not worked with COVID-19 patients, so
SECOND RULING: Israeli-American Oren Shlomo Mayer refused to sign a court transcript, complained about the court translator and said the trial had been unfair The High Court yesterday upheld New Taipei City District Court’s verdicts on four men convicted last year in connection with the 2018 murder and dismemberment of a Canadian citizen on the banks of the Sindian River (新店溪). It found American-Israeli Oren Shlomo Mayer and American Ewart Odane Bent guilty of homicide and the abandonment and destruction of a corpse, with Mayer sentenced to life in prison and Bent given a term of 12 years and six months, for the death of Sanjay Ryan Ramgahan, whose body parts were found in a riverside park under Zhongzheng Bridge in New Taipei’s Yonghe
A lawyer and a prosecutor yesterday castigated what they called a lenient ruling by the High Court on Luo Wen-shan (羅文山), whose prison sentence was reduced to two years, which he does not need to serve, after he was convicted for receiving illegal political donations from China to meddle in Taiwan’s elections. Investigators found that Luo, who retired from the army with the rank of lieutenant general, had accepted NT$8.38 million (US$294,604 at the current exchange rate) under the guise of political contributions from Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference member Xu Zhiming (許智明) and people in Hong Kong from 2008 to