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DPP strategist urges change of campaign strategy

DPP strategist urges change of campaign strategy

With people lukewarm about the legislative campaign, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party strategist suggests Thursday the party shift its attention away from attack on the opposition camp to boosting welfare benefits for disadvantaged groups in central and southern Taiwan.
Assorted opinion polls show DPP legislative candidates fall behind their opposition Kuomintang counterparts in popularity ratings in districts across the country by margins wider than expected. Taiwan is due to elect new lawmakers on January 12.
Lin Hsiang-kai, who helps draft policy papers for DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh, said he believed his party should seek to reverse the trend by underscoring its commitment to taking care of disadvantaged groups, developing the central and southern Taiwan as well as aiding small and medium-sized enterprises.
Thus far, the DPP has built its campaign around the referendums on whether the country should apply for UN membership under the name Taiwan and on whether the government should be empowered to probe and confiscate KMT's ill-gotten assets.
Lin noted that the strategy has failed to ignite the public's passion but has succeeded in alienating uncommitted voters.
Lin said that disadvantaged groups, residents in central and southern Taiwan as well as small- and medium-sized companies are the backbone constituency of the DPP and the party has left much to be desired in consolidating their support in recent years.
He advised the DPP government to take steps to help small- and medium-sized companies by easing rules on import of foreign laborers and provide start-up loans for young people.
Also, Lin suggested the government immediately activate the purchase system and buy cabbages from farmers to woo their support as many have voiced disappointment at the ruling party following the plunge of cabbage prices.


Updated : 2021-02-25 16:31 GMT+08:00