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Vice president, premier urged to stop bickering

DPP legislative whip says aspirants risk being boycotted in upcoming primary

Vice president, premier urged to stop bickering

A verbal war between Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) continued yesterday as the two were competing for the governing Democratic Progressive Party's nomination as presidential candidate amid a DPP legislator's warning to boycott those who continue the bickering. The voters should think twice before voting for a person who has failed to make correct decisions and who has hesitated to shoulder responsibility for incorrect policymaking over the proposed construction of Su Ao-Hualien Freeway and the plan of tearing down Losheng Sanatorium (樂生療養院) in order to pave the way for a mass rapid transportation project in Taipei County, remarked Lu in a workshop held in Taipei regarding training of female leaders. Later in the day, Lu commented during an inspection to Taipei County that the government has failed to properly cope with the issue of the Olympic torch. She singled out that the "superior" of the Mainland Affairs Council and said the National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports should take the blame for the negligence. The nation needs a new leader who must not make similar mistakes especially when the 2008 Olympics Games is approaching, she commented. The vice president's comments were apparently targeted at Su, the incumbent premier who has been harshly criticized by cultural preservationists over the Losheng controversy earlier this month as well as by environmentalists who have voiced objection to the planned construction of the freeway due to environmental concerns. Su, moreover, serves as the top administrator to supervise the MAC and the NCPFS. Lu made the comments after she teamed up with two other DPP presidential aspirants--DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun (游錫<方方土>) and former Premier Frank Hsieh--on Friday to hold a newsgathering criticizing Su for allegedly using public resources in his campaign for the DPP presidential primary. Lu, Yu and Hsieh challenged that Su had allegedly cashed in on his position as the country's top administrator to win support from DPP mayors and county chiefs of seven counties and cities in southern Taiwan. In response, Su countered that he kept working hard to fulfill his duty as premier while running for the party's primary. He claimed that the three DPP comrades' allegation broke his heart. The seven southern mayors and county chiefs appeared at Su's speech dais when he was on the campaign trail in southern Taiwan Saturday, despite the other three aspirants urging them to stay neutral in the upcoming primary vote. The verbal attack between Lu and Su gave rise to concerns from many DPP supporters who feel that the four aspirants' negative campaign tactics would split the party. But President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) said he did not take what has happened in relation to the presidential primary seriously because the primary is a minor issue compared to Taiwan's diplomatic predicament resulting from China's suppression, Chen said. A legislative whip of the DPP otherwise called on the four DPP presidential aspirants to immediately stop bickering among themselves or they will risk being boycotted by the ruling party in the upcoming DPP presidential primary.


Updated : 2021-04-17 05:29 GMT+08:00