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DPP releases top 10 complaints on Ma gov't

The Democratic Progressive Party released a list of top 10 citizen complaints aimed at the Ma administration's performance yesterday.

President Ma Ying-jeou has managed to score a 75 percent disapproval rating in recent surveys, and for the past year people have been enduring mounting hardships and a failing economy, said DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).

The first item on the list was the arrogant attitude of government official, which failed to improve even in the face of a weakening economy. “The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) achieved this year was 1.74, which was less than half of the original goal of 3.8,” said DPP policy head Joseph Wu (吳釗燮).

The “September strife” that rocked the usually-serene relationship between Ma and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) came second; the DPP also highlighted the abuse of power — of both the president and the Special Investigation Division — involved in the case.

Hikes in diesel, electricity and gas prices were also a common complaint, said the DPP, whose press release cited hikes in both 2008, 2012 and 2013 as an example of the president “burdening the people.”

Real estate prices were named among the list of unreasonable price-hikes. “One would have to starve for 14.7 years on average to buy a house in Taipei City. How is this possible for young people?” the DPP demanded.

Taiwan's economic problems were also reflected in the stock market. The opposition party slammed Ma for implementing the capital gains taxes and eventually causing the trade volume to drop drastically.

In addition, the DPP listed the 12-year education reform, which the party said caused anxiety throughout society and increased competitiveness among students, the frequent food scares that rocked the nation and the government's lack of progress in preventing and treating flood problems.

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