DPP launches plan for new generation of politicians
By Katherine Wei ,The China Post
July 16, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday announced the party's new plan to engage the younger generation in participating in politics.
Aiming to attract younger people to engage in basic politics, the "Youth Grass" plan is Tsai's reminder to the younger generation that Taiwan's current political scene is in need of change.
"Twenty years ago today is the day Taiwan's Martial Law period ended, with Taiwan making progress into becoming a democracy. One year before the end of the Martial Law period, our forefathers risked being arrested to establish the DPP," said Tsai.
Most of the people leading the democracy efforts had entered Taiwan's democracy movement at a young age, Tsai noted. "Today, while we are enjoying the fruits of democracy, we need to remind ourselves that when the people have more expectations for the development of democracy, the DPP should continue to serve the people in Taiwan."
"Democracy grasses" is a term coined to support the younger generation's participation in fundamental politics, a phenomenon that the DPP feels Taiwan is in need of. "Whether the power of democracy is able to penetrate Taiwanese society is crucial; the DPP truly hopes for Taiwan's young people to join politics and transform their thoughts into public resources," said Tsai.
The party is more than ready to provide actual means of support for young prospective politicians, and wishes to transfer its experiences gleaned from past elections to these young people as an investment," the chairwoman continued.
Support not Limited to Young DPP Supporters: Tsai
Tsai announced that she would be fulfilling the promises from her campaign for the DPP chair, the first being to "open up the party for it to merge with society, and for society to enter the DPP."
The party will be planning a "youth conference" as the first step of opening up the DPP, meaning that young people would have a method through which they can communicate with the party, said Tsai.
"Our plan is not to recruit these young people or even to snub them; this is a place for them to exchange opinions and debate on public issues."
Society's distribution of resources tends to be rather unfair to the younger generation, but the DPP is aiming to even out the problem by providing their support.
"Young prospective politicians do not have to be DPP nominees or even DPP members; if you have the desire to run in the elections and have a plan to go with it, non-party members also have our support," said Tsai.