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ECFA to create 34,009 jobs in five municipalities: president

2010/08/07 17:50:19

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday that arecently concluded trade deal with China will increase output byNT$111.1 billion and create 34,009 jobs in the five specialmunicipalities where mayoral elections will be held later this year.

Ma, who doubles as the chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, calledon his party's candidates to talk up the benefits of the economiccooperation framework agreement (ECFA) during the run-up to the Nov.27 elections in Taipei, Xinbei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

"We want to tell the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to stopopposing the ECFA or they will become the enemy of the people, "Ma said while addressing a provisional meeting of the KMT NationalCongress.

According to Ma, the establishment of the ECFA has helped easecross-Taiwan Strait tensions and improved Taiwan's relations withforeign countries.

The recent progress in Taiwan's effort to seek a trade agreementwith Singapore also has allowed Taiwan to feel China's pragmaticattitude and goodwill, he said.

Besides cross-strait peace and prosperity, Ma said, the KMTadministration has also chalked up many other achievements over thepast two years, including fighting corruption, revitalizing theeconomy, restructuring the government, reforming the education andwelfare system and expanding Taiwan's international participation.

Ma said his administration is determined to wipe out corruptionto distinguish itself from the former DPP administration, which hedescribed as a period of "unprecedented" corruption that saw thefirst family and many Cabinet officials implicated in corruptioncases.

He further pointed to the DPP's decision to scrap the FourthNuclear Power Plant in 2000, which sent the stock index plummeting by4,000 points, as an example of the DPP's mismanaging the country'seconomy.

Even with such a poor record, many politicians who served in theformer DPP government are now running in the year-end elections, henoted, obviously referring to former Premier Su Tseng-chang, formerVice Premier Tsai Ing-wen, and former Council of Labor Affairs ChenChu.

"With all the things they did to harm the country over theprevious eight years, I don't think they deserve the people's trust,"Ma said.

(By Lee Shu-hua and Y.F. Low)