Taiwan presidential hopeful William Lai starts minivan tour

Ex-premier William Lai kick-starts Project Soapbox to share political views with general public.

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William Lai and his minivan (Image / Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Presidential hopeful William Lai kick-started his Project Soapbox in front of Keelung Railway Station on Monday afternoon (May 13).

Together with actor and impersonator Kuo Tzu-chien (郭子乾), Lai announced the start of his round-the-island tour in a minivan. Wanli District (萬里) in Keelung City is the starting point.

If you see Lai’s minivan, take a photo, check in on Facebook, and hashtag “William Lai is the only candidate that I would support” (唯一支持賴清德). If you do so, you will get a free cup of coffee.

William Lai (left) and actor Kuo Tzu-chien (right) (Screenshot from Lai's Facebook live broadcast)

Lai said he would stay near the minivan as much as possible and share his political views with people. He chose Wanli as the starting point for his journey because he was born there.

Lai said the idea of the project was to endear himself to the people and win more support. His Facebook post says:

Let’s share ideas and get to know each other over a cup of coffee.

In his Facebook live broadcast on Monday, Lai said he would stand on a soapbox to express his views on the future of Taiwan wherever the minivan takes him. When his schedule takes him away from the minivan, he will use a videoconferencing system to talk to people in real time.

He hopes this innovative self-promotion will enable his voice to be heard and his vision shared by people, especially young people.