If Ma wants prosperity he must open national conference: DPP's Su
By Enru Lin, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- If President Ma Ying-jeou is truly interested in a “prosperous Taiwan,” he should open a national affairs conference, said the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman yesterday.
January 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
At Tuesday's flag-raising ceremony, Ma said that a “prosperous Taiwan” (民富國強) and “Taiwan up” (台灣向上) are government pledges for 2013.
If Ma is in earnest, “then he should hurry up and open a national affairs conference (國是會議),” responded DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang at a temple in Tamsui District yesterday.
At a national affairs conference, members of the public and the opposition party can work with the government to resolve national crises. Even though the opposition party has relatively few resources, it is willing to shoulder burdens with Ma, said Su.
“I wish that Ma would not continue to reject the idea of the national affairs conference,” he said, adding that a new attitude is in order for a new year.
The people's burdens include low salaries, high unemployment, soaring housing costs and a “scale-breaking national debt,” according to a statement Su released earlier.
At Tamsui, Su also addressed a new China Times (中國時報) survey that says he is only half as popular as former DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen.
“It is normal that my approval ratings aren't very high,” said Su.
Since publicly announcing that he opposes a potential media monopoly, certain media outlets have colored their coverage of him, he said.
Tsai also responded to the poll, saying there is no real sense in conducting approval ratings at this juncture. Just read them over and don't take them too seriously, she told local media in New Taipei City.