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DPP vice presidential candidate wants to do more to help young people

DPP vice presidential candidate wants to do more to help young people

Chen Chien-jen, vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said Saturday that because of his teaching and research background, he has had a lot of opportunity to mingle with young people, and wants to do more to help them shed their fear and anxiety.

Chen, a vice president of Taiwan's top research institute, Academia Sinica, from 2011 until November, said in a televised vice presidential candidates debate that he had originally wanted to be a volunteer to spread the Christian gospel after retirement, but when he decided that the Ma Ying-jeou administration has let the people down and has left young people filled with anxiety, he made the decision to step forward.

He pointed out that substantive wages in recent years have returned to the level of 16 years ago, while housing prices have more than doubled, it will take a potential buyer 13 years without eating or drinking to buy a house.

"As a scientist, I can help young people solve academic problems, but now I have the opportunity to do more," Chen said.

He pledged to solve the problems of the young people, adding that the first thing to do will be a grand innovative research project, using Asian silicon, biomedicine, green energy technology, intelligent machines and the national defense sector to be the engine to let Taiwan's economy take off.

He also promised to create an environment friendly for young people to start their own businesses and to revamp the educational system to meet market demands.

He said he also wants to mitigate housing problems and provide long-term care for senior citizens.

He said that his party's presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, who is regarded as a shoo-in in the Jan. 16 presidential election, is "ready to lead the nation."

"It's our mission to let Taiwan rise again. Taiwanese people need a government that can solve the problems," he said.

Meanwhile, Wang Ru-hsuan, vice presidential candidate on the ruling Kuomintang ticket, said that as a lawyer, she has dedicated all her efforts to safeguarding the rights of women, the abused and the underprivileged.

She again apologized for her controversial purchase of housing units for military dependents, saying that although the purchases were legal, they may not be tolerated morally.

Another vice presidential candidate, Hsu Hsin-ying of the People First Party (PFP), said that her party knows best about the needs of the people.

Hsu listed the difficulties Taiwan is facing and said a new government under PFP presidential candidate James Soong will seek to address issues such as stagnant salaries and high housing costs by reinvigorating Taiwan's economy and bringing enterprises and foreign investment back to Taiwan.

Soong and Hsu are trailing in the three-way race. (By Jay Chen and Lilian Wu)

Updated : 2021-09-27 17:25 GMT+08:00