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Ko Wen-je optimistic in face of criticism barrage from Lu

Pan-green Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) remains optimistic while facing constant criticism from former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), saying yesterday that Lu's negative remarks were a form of encouragement.

Having been outspoken against the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) plans of recruiting Ko as a candidate in the past, Lu was still displeased with the party's intention to support Ko after he came out first in the pan-green camps' second-stage primaries. "If Ko fails to be elected as Taipei mayor, Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should resign," said Lu recently.

Ko responded by saying that perhaps the suggestion was Lu's way to prompt Tsai to support him.

After Ko and the DPP reached a consensus that the physician would be representing all pan-green camps, the DPP included, Lu promptly slammed Tsai for "losing her powers and humiliating the party." Aside from Tsai, the DPP members who have all rooted for Ko should step down after Ko loses the elections, Lu insisted.

The National Taiwan University Hospital physician stated that he was inclined to think positively regarding all matters.

"Lu may have misunderstood. The DPP has contributed a lot toward Taiwan's democracy, hence my strong support of the party in the past. Currently, I hope that Taiwan will be granted a chance to restart," said Ko. "If the capital is allowed this opportunity, it would be easier for the people to vote for their preferred party after the city is returned to its two-party dilemma in the future; the people will be able to vote according to the candidate's political views and efficiency, and the party rotation would be smooth."

Ko pointed out that his running for the position was based on a hope that the city would be more alive in the future. "So things would not remain the way it is now ... with Taipei supporting Kuomintang (KMT) and Tainan supporting the DPP," said Ko.

The pan-green hopeful also stated that he would be paying a visit to Lu soon, in order to clarify the misunderstanding.

'Lien making rash promises'

In regard to KMT candidate Sean Lien's (連勝文) promise to hike the minimum wage yesterday, Ko said that candidates should refrain from making rash (and perhaps empty) promises. "If it were me, I'd wait until I was sure this could happen," said Ko.

Ko will be spending two weeks on integration work, but he is concerned that the time will not be enough. "There are too many people I have to visit. I need to learn others' strengths, such as People First Party Chairman James Soong's famous efficiency," said Ko.

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