The Kaohsiung City Government yesterday urged the media and the public not to make any speculations about the condition of Kaohisung City Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), denying the allegation that Chen might have suffered from a mild stroke. Chen has not made any public appearance since she was hospitalized for high blood pressure on Thursday afternoon. One of the island's main local Chinese-language newspapers yesterday reported that a mild stroke might be the reason why Chen has remained in the Kaohsiung Medical University's Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, alleging that Chen's condition is bad and allegedly could not even write instructions on documents. In response, Hsiao Yu-cheng (蕭宇誠), director-general of the information department of the city government, said that Chen feels dizzy sometimes but she could still talk about municipal affairs as usual and the mayor has absolutely no problem in handling official paperworks. Hsiao disclosed that Chen could use chopsticks and hold a pen but could not do some precise and meticulous action such as threading a needle. "It still needs more time for Chen's medical team to make an evaluation on Chen's condition," Hsiao emphasized, urging the media not to stir up any rumors about Chen's condition. The city government and the hospital will hold a press conference today morning to explain Chen's condition, Hsiao noted. According to local media, Chen Chu is concerned about the competition among Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫<方方土>) for DPP presidential nomination Chen did not show up in a rally as scheduled held Saturday to express her support for Su as her doctors disallowed her to be discharged from the hospital, local media noted. A doctor reportedly disclosed that Chen's blood pressure was still higher than usual so recommended she remain in hospital. He added that during times of emotional stress Chen's blood level soars to abnormal levels.