KMT's Sean Lien unperturbed by 2nd position in public opinion polls

Taipei, July 13 (CNA) Sean Lien, the Kuomintang (KMT) candidate for Taipei mayor, said Sunday he was not bothered by the recent opinion polls that showed him trailing his main rival by at least 10 percent.
Speaking at a KMT meeting, Lien said he will put forward his proposed policies for various groups of citizens according to plan and reiterated his resolve to stick to his campaign, despite what the polls say.
Three recent media polls have put support for Lien at 24-32 percent, while showing 42-44 percent support for independent candidate Ko Wen-je, an outspoken 54-year-old surgeon. Another independent candidate, former lawmaker Shen Fu-hsiung, 74, has 8-15 percent public support, according to the polls. Lien, the 44-year-old son of former Vice President Lien Chan, said at Sunday's meeting at Taipei Municipal Zhongshan Girls High School that he was resolved to carry out his campaign plans and was not perturbed by the opinion polls ahead of the November election.
In a show of support for Lien and the party's city councilor candidates, President Ma Ying-jeou and incumbent Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin also attended the meeting.
In a formal gesture of support, Ma handed over a KMT flag to Lien and urged the approximately 2,000 party's members present to stand in unity behind the candidate's campaign.
Ma, who was Taipei mayor from 1998 to 2006, said the KMT will maintain its usual good administration of the capital city and he mentioned KMT initiatives such as the public transportation EasyCard and the garbage bag fee.
EasyCard is now widely used not just for public transportation fees but also as payment at convenience stores, while the policy of separating recyclables and garbage has extended the life of the city's main landfill site by 40 years, Ma said.
Meanwhile, in response to reporters' questions about the best campaign strategy for Taipei, Mayor Hau said it is important to gain the support of the city's young people.
Hau said the KMT could draw support from all corners of society, but the key lies in organizing and maximizing its resources. The Taipei mayoral election and other local government polls will be held Nov. 29. (By Huang Li-yun, Kelven Huang and Kuo Chung-han)