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Ma makes inroads on pro-independence voters

KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou, left, visits Mr. Chien Cheng-shan, the former secretary general of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) on Feb. ...

KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou, left, visits Mr. Chien Cheng-shan, the former secretary general of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) on Feb. ...

Making inroads on pro-independence voters, opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou Friday paid a visit to former Taiwan Solidarity Union officials who gave him a plaque with Chinese characters“Riding to Victory.”
Ma, who enjoys a comfortable lead over his Democratic Progressive Party rival Frank Hsieh in popularity, arrived at former TSU secretary-general Chien Chen-shan's clinic in Taian City, a DPP stronghold.
Chien, a longstanding supporter of Taiwan independence and former DPP member, is the husband of former TSU lawmaker Chien Lin Whei-jun, who was also on hand to greet Ma.
The KMT nominee said it is more practical and desirable for Taiwan to focus on pursuing economic prosperity and clean government as the island's status quo makes the pursuit of independence or unification untenable.
"I'm seeking to unite the country and pull it away from the economic doldrums,”Ma told his hosts.“To that end, it is necessary to have another transfer of power (on March 22) as the DPP government has proved disappointing for the past eight years.”
Chien, who resumed his practice as a surgeon after the January 12 legislative polls, echoed the theme, saying frequent party rotation promises the best solution to stamp out corrupt money politics from government and voters have the final say on the matter.
Chien said the island, whether called Taiwan and the Republic of China, is a sovereign country and its people should join hands in lifting their standard of living and elevating the country's stature abroad.
The couple presented Ma with a plaque with Chinese characters meaning“Riding to Victory,”saying they hoped to give Ma their“spiritual encouragement.”Chien, however, added that he did not consult the TSU or its spiritual leader, former president Lee Teng-hui, beforehand.
Lee, who created the TSU after breaking up with the KMT to promote Taiwan identity, has said he has yet to make up his mind about which candidate to vote for in the presidential election.


Updated : 2021-04-12 14:29 GMT+08:00