TAIPEI - Many have been curious about the future plans of Sean Lien after he suffered a crushing defeat against independent Taipei mayor-elect Ko Wen-je in the Taipei Mayoral election last month, as he seemed to indicate that he would not give up pursuing his political career during his concession speech.
Rumour has it that Lien intends to run for Kuomintang (KMT) chairman. In addition, some have also guessed that he may participate in the upcoming lawmakers' election, helping the KMT to recover from massive losses in the 9-in-1 Elections.
Regarding these hypotheses, KMT Central Standing Committee member Lee Te-wei, known to be Lien's close friend, stated that Lien does not have any intention to run for KMT chairman.
"Whoever started this rumour is trying to make Lien a target for criticism," said Lee.
Lee continued by saying that after the election, Lien is trying to maintain a low profile and to consider what he is going to do in the future. Lien has not made any final decision so far. Whether he will continue pursuing his political career or return to his business circles we still do not know, said Lee.
Lee also stressed that when Lien said that he will meet everyone again someday in the future, this did not necessarily mean that he will run in another election. Lien's words only mean that he will not be depressed for too long and he will get back on his feet and back into normal life, according to Lee.
As for a possible run for the Legislature, Ting Yuan-chao, the director of the office of Honorary Chairman Lien Chan, Lien's father, said that some have advised Sean Lien to run for lawmaker to help the KMT back onto its feet.
Ting thinks that this is actually a good idea and may be the best direction for Sean Lien. However, it is easier said than done, and Sean Lien should think carefully before he starts his next step, said Ting.