TAIPEI, Taiwan - New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu said yesterday while hosting a platform campaign rally that the president, local authorities and government need to share the responsibility when citizens complain about the economy, politics and their quality of life.
Chu has been busy holding political platform assemblies during the New Year's extended holiday for the upcoming Kuomintang (KMT) chairman election. The purpose of the rallies is for Chu to present his election platform to local KMT members and authorities.
Chu will be hosting six campaign assemblies across the country during the long weekend holiday. Chu kicked off the New Year with a rally in Taoyuan City and Hsinchu County yesterday. In the evening, Chu accompanied Miaoli legislator by-election candidate Hsu Chih-jung and campaigned through a night market on foot.
At his chairman candidate rally stop in Hsinchu, citizens rushed up to shake hands with Chu, showing his popularity in the area. Chu even used the Hakka dialect to introduce himself and was loudly applauded by the audience.
Chu was the only qualified candidate who fulfilled the KMT chairman candidacy registration process.
Appearances at Legislator Campaign Rallies
The KMT also arranged for Chu to make appearances at campaign rallies for Miaoli, Taichung and Changhua KMT legislator candidates running in the by-election.
Former Cabinet Deputy Secretary-General Hsiao Chia-chi said that Chu has demonstrated his leadership capabilities in his role as New Taipei City's mayor and that this is apparent to the public. Chu also looks like a chairman candidate who is ready for reform, said Hsiao.
Chu will be making an appearance at Hsiao's campaign rally in Taichung, as Hsiao will be running for Taichung legislator.
In his first platform rally, Chu said that the KMT needs to become a transparent party that the citizens of Taiwan will want to represent them.
Chu said that the KMT needs to pay attention to the ideas of Taiwanese youth and embrace 21st century attitudes. It is import for the KMT to become a grassroots oriented party that operates from the bottom up, said Chu.
No Stranger to Difficulty: Chu
Chu said that when he started his political career 17 years ago, he was also "in a sea of green." Chu said that he did not despair and was elected as a KMT legislator even amid difficult opposition. Chu said that similarly, the KMT is resilient and can "stand up once again."
When asked about the KMT party assets case, Chu said that he will be addressing the issue publicly and transparently when he becomes the chairman-elect.
Chu said that the KMT's big election loss is a truth that needs to be met with reflection. This difficult reflection will allow the KMT to re-discover the spirit and vigor of the founding party members.