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Ma should resign if KMT loses election: Hau

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) told local media in a press conference yesterday that if his fellow Kuomingtang (KMT) party members lose the seven-in-one elections at the end of 2014, President Ma Ying-jeou should resign from his position as KMT chairman.

Hau emphasized that what he said was in the spirit of party politics, and the party will be fully prepared to win the upcoming election. However, should the party lose, the party chairperson should take responsibility and resign.

Hau pointed out that in the 2005 election, President Ma had publicly declared that he would resign if the KMT did not win that election.

"What President Ma said actually showed determination to win the election and united every KMT member to cooperate in winning the election. We did win the election at that time," said Hau.

As for the question about what would constitute winning the elections, Hau said if the KMT's candidates were not elected in Taipei City or Taichung City, it could be considered a loss.

It is crucial for the KMT to win the upcoming elections, Hau said, a feat that can only be achieved through unity up and down party ranks. Still, the mayor's remark was seen as hypocritical among members of his party, who blasted him for sowing the very intraparty discord he claimed should be avoided.

Nevertheless, President Ma said he believed Hau's remark was well-intentioned.

Cabinet Reshuffle

Hau also commented on the cabinet reorganization, saying that if the changes in the cabinet are minor, then people may lose their faith in the central government.

Hau pointed out that the central government has made several recent blunders, including the glitch-plagued e-Tag electronic toll system, the problematic household registration system and controversial closures of unregistered hostels at Cingjing Farm. All these incidents have made people lose confidence in the government, Hau said.

"It is important to rebuild the people's confidence in government. My suggestion is only based on this principle of whether the new team can regain their confidence. If the alteration of the cabinet members was like this, not only me but also citizens would be disappointed," stated Hau.

The Executive Yuan responded to Hau's comment yesterday afternoon by saying that members in the Cabinet should not be changed easily and constantly in order to maintain stability in the government. The Cabinet will respect what Hau said, but it will not switch members just because someone has different opinions.

On the topic of whether there will be further changes made to the Cabinet, the Executive Yuan said it will continue evaluating members and make changes if needed.

Taipei City Government to Raise Minimum Wage in May

Hau announced that the minimum wage of the Taipei City Government's staff will be raised to NT$133 an hour on May 1, and he hopes that this measure will help the current economic situation.

Taiwan Labor Front Secretary-General Sun Yu-lien (孫友聯) said that although he agrees with the Taipei City Government that the current basic wage is too low, what Hau did is actually a slap to the face of the central government.

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