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Politicians must take stance on Nuke 4 ahead of polls: Ko

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei mayoral aspirant Dr. Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday that all politicians should make their stance clear on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant ahead of the seven-in-one elections at year-end.

“No more bulls**t,” Ko added.

The physician made the comments at a press conference on nuclear power phase-out at the Legislature with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

The physician said that all politicians should make their stance clear on nuclear power, including New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), Kuomintang (KMT) Central Committee member Sean Lien (連勝文), and KMT Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), both of whom are planning to run for Taipei mayor.

If Ting is against nuclear power, he should cast votes that are consistent with his stance, Ko said.

Sanchong District Community College head Liu Shih-wei (劉世偉), who may run for councilor of New Taipei City, said that 70 percent of the public want to see the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant abolished.

Liu said that Germany has converted nuclear power plants before, transforming built but never activated power plants into playgrounds.

Liu added that he would like to hold an international competition for ideas and designs on the power plant conversion.

“Facing the problem is the first step toward solving the problem,” Ko said.

The government's first priority should be stopping construction work on the power plant instead of stalling the issue, Ko said, saying that the administration is being lazy and irresponsible.

When asked by cameramen to shout a slogan, Ko said, “This is not the time for slogans. This is the time to roll up our sleeves and do something.”

Meanwhile, one of Lien's staffers said that Lien's stance on nuclear power has always been consistent: “No nuclear power without nuclear safety.”

The KMT's Taipei mayoral aspirant believes that nuclear safety should be ensured before nuclear power should be supported, the staffer added.

An anti-nuclear power demonstration is slated to begin today. When asked if he would be attending, Lien said that March 8 happens to be Women's Day, and that he has several related events on his itinerary, adding that he may not have time left over to attend the rally.

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Taipei mayoral aspirant Dr. Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), left, and Democratic Progressive Party caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), second left, speak at a press conference on nuclear power phase-out in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)

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