Taiwan premier criticises Sunflower Movement protesters

Taiwan premier criticises Sunflower Movement protesters
Jiang said apart from those who had been involved in the student-led protests in March, there are a lot of young adults who do not blame others for their failures and are willing to work hard and take risks for their future.

TAIPEI - Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday criticised opposition parties for their continued boycott of the draft bill on Free Economic Pilot Zones (FEPZ) in the Legislature and lashed out at young adults who participated in the Sunflower Movement, saying that they only know how to blame others for their own failures.

Jiang made the remarks during a breakfast with Cabinet members and the board of directors and supervisors of the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC, 中華民國工商協進會) at the Ambassador Hotel in Taipei.

The premier said Taiwan's economy has shown continued growth as a government indicator of business activity has been flashing a "green light" over the past three months and the nation's unemployment rate even fell below 4 per cent.

Noting that the draft bill on FEPZs will play a key role in Taiwan's economic future, Jiang urged the opposition parties to reconsider the importance of the bill and stop considering the bill from a negative perspective.

During the breakfast at the hotel, Jiang shared his recent experiences of communicating with young entrepreneurs to the CNAIC board members, saying that he discovered these young entrepreneurs are different from those young adults who participated in the student-led demonstrations.

Jiang further explained that "I don't see them as having a lack of competitiveness like local media have described the young adults in Taiwan, and they don't complain about the government."

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