Su delivers speech in English at DPP's 27th anniversary reception
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday delivered a celebratory speech in English at the party's 27th anniversary reception.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The DPP rang in its 27th year as a political party with a cocktail reception that included diplomatic representatives from over 30 countries in attendance. Though normally delivering speeches in Chinese, Su this time prepared an English version for the celebration.
The chairman cited the DPP's founding history and fight for democracy. Su declared that despite the party's efforts “Taiwan democracy is not yet perfect, as illustrated by recent political events. However, it is our duty to bring the democracy back on the right track,”
The DPP has been receiving higher approval ratings in public surveys, said Su, who noted that although it may not be the largest party, the DPP has been performing well.
“I have served as the chair of the DPP for a little more than a year. During this brief period, the DPP has strengthened its local organizations and improved coordination with our legislative caucus. We have rolled out a compassionate economic reform package to stimulate our economy,” said Su, adding that the party has “joined hands with journalists, professors and students to stop a media monopoly from taking place.”
Su stressed that the DPP's reform and debate priorities center on matters concerning the “near-bankrupt” pension systems, “much needed” renewable-energy and the “confusing” 12-year compulsory education system.
“The DPP has also published four defense blue papers to highlight our seriousness on national defense. We have done so because we are more than just an opposition; we are ready to shoulder responsibility for Taiwan's future,” Su said.
Su referred to the DPP's “Green New Deal” pledge for Taiwan's future. He said the proposal includes the promotion of sustainable development, good governance, social justice, and “democratic alliance.”
“But the DPP is not just set to change Taiwan's future; it is also capable of reviewing its past mistakes when it was in power ... We have recently concluded a comprehensive review of the past DPP administration, also learning from the mistakes of the current (Ma administration),” said Su, who promised an improved form of governance when the DPP returns to power.
“I know you call the DPP 'green.' Yes, the DPP is about green environment, green energy, green industry, and a green island country, economically and politically. To us, green is clean, green is refreshing, green is sustainable, and green is good.”
In light of rising public support, the DPP is confident about winning the presidential election, which is to be held in three years, Su concluded.