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KMT shows concern for youth issues: Chu

KMT shows concern for youth issues: Chu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The concerns of young people are also the most important issues to be addressed by the Kuomintang, party chairman Eric Liluan Chu said Wednesday, the first anniversary of the start of the occupation of the Legislative Yuan by the Sunflower Movement.
The strength of the youth and social movements was widely credited with the crushing defeat the ruling party suffered in the November 29 local elections, which left the KMT with control over only six counties and cities, including New Taipei, where Chu is mayor.
Over the past year, society has been paying more attention to young people and has learned to know to listen to their concerns, while the KMT has learned its lesson and reflected on itself, Chu said at the regular weekly meeting of the party’s Central Standing Committee Wednesday afternoon.
The KMT has paid attention to economic growth and to relations with China, but not whether their benefits were fairly and equally distributed, he said. The party leader praised its efforts to push new measures which he said would favor young people, such as legislation to raise wages and proposals to boost support for creativity and employment.
Affordable housing and tax reform were also issues of concern for the KMT, according to Chu. Wealthy people should pay some more tax to make society more just, he reportedly said.
He emphasized the role that vocational and technical education should play in Taiwan’s retrieval of its economic growth and competitiveness. Not enough graduates were finding suitable jobs after graduations because their studies had not been adapted to suit the needs of the market, he reportedly said.
The party and its government on Wednesday also came under fire from student organizations for setting the date of the next presidential and legislative elections on January 16, close to key examinations. Critics accused the KMT government of trying to prevent mostly pro-opposition young voters from casting their ballots.


Updated : 2021-09-19 08:09 GMT+08:00