Twenty-three Academia Sinica members back Tsai-Chen ticket

Twenty-three Academia Sinica members back Tsai-Chen ticket

23 Academia Sinica members back Tsai-Chen

An academic fan club jointly launched by 23 Academia Sinica members and 24 former university presidents for the support of the Democratic Progressive Party presidential ticket opened Thursday.

The club, with former Health Minister Lee Ming-liang as its convener, has collected signatures of 1,668 scholars as its supporters, 97 of which currently serve as national university presidents, and therefore their names cannot be revealed.

The scholars who signed for the fan club include Lee Yuan-pern, brother of former Academia Sinica president Lee Yuan-tseh, and TransWorld University President Hsu Shu-hsiang.

More than 300 people from the academia attended the opening, including Academia Sinica members Chou Chang-hung, Lin Ming-chang, Liao Yun-fan, former China Medical University President Huang Jong-tsun, and former National United University President Wang Jun-xiu.

The fan club said in a statement that a series of policy mistakes made by the ruling KMT in the past seven and a half years has made Taiwan trapped in the double crises of democratic setback and economic stagnation.

The economic development policy that overly relies on China has sacrificed national dignity and hollowed out the industrial structure, the statement said, adding that Taiwan needs leaders like Tsai Ing-wen and Chen Chien-jen.

Lee said in his address that these scholars come from different professions and are of different sexes, but almost none of them are DPP party members.

They have been waiting for good leaders to lead Taiwan out of misery, so they decided to back the Tsai-Chen ticket and promised to see that Tsai and Chen carry out their promises to the people, Lee said.

Updated : 2021-04-17 14:11 GMT+08:00