Verbal exchanges get heated as Taipei elections draw near

Verbal exchanges get heated as Taipei elections draw near

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Kuomintang's (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) yesterday answered questions regarding the publicly criticised words of his father Lien Chan (連戰) and mother Lien Fang-yu (連方瑀).

Lien Fang-yu's speech, which thanked the National Taiwan University Hospital doctors who saved Sean Lien's life, prompted pan-green supporters to criticise her as the speech excluded Sean Lien's opponent, pan-green Taipei mayoral hopeful Ko Wen-je (柯文哲). Lien Chan was also reported to have used profanity when referring to Ko during an appearance on Nov. 16.

In response, Sean Lien told local media that Lien Chan's verbal aggressiveness was mainly targeted at the Ko camp's campaign tactics. Sean Lien also said that Lien Chan was likely angered as a result of observing similarities between the Ko campaign and that of former President Chen Shui-bian.

Other campaign scandals observed throughout the nation include the photoshopping of Sean Lien and his wife Patty Tsai's (蔡依珊) likenesses onto pornographic material, while the KMT's Chiayi mayoral candidate Chen Yi-chen's (陳以真) election photo was also altered into a provocative online poster.

President Ma Ying-jeou publicly condemned these actions, while Ko also told local media that netizens should refrain from being obscene.

KMT Reaches Out to Taiwanese in US

In related news, KMT candidates in the upcoming election conducted an online campaign yesterday targeting Taiwanese nationals who reside in the US

The video event began on the evening of Nov. 16, with election candidates led by Ma. Over 100 people were reported to have participated in the Washington, D.C. event.

During his speech, the president implored expats to return home to cast their decisive votes, and he asked others to encourage their relatives in Taiwan to vote for KMT candidates during the election. The election includes over 11,000 candidates, Ma said, making it one of the most decisive in the country's history.

Ma later revealed the possibility of a visit to the US in the future, stating that he had very positive experiences with compatriots overseas and he hopes that such a meeting will be held again in the near future.

Following Ma's address, the KMT candidates for the upcoming elections took turns talking with overseas constituents.

Chu and Lien Raise Morale

The KMT's Taipei and New Taipei mayoral candidates, Sean Lien and Eric Chu (朱立倫), were the two most prominent candidates featured during the live video event. Both candidates were well received by the expat population, which erupted in cheers and applause.

During his speech, Lien called out to overseas Taiwanese, saying that the Republic of China was built by a fellow expat. Lien went on to say that the nation is in need of help from Taiwanese people abroad to stave off the increasingly popular pan-green voting contingent on the island.

Chu also seemed to receive a warm welcome from overseas Taiwanese. Chu stated that, as New Taipei is the fastest developing city in Taiwan, expats should consider investing in real estate there.

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