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Ma pledges review of policy implementation amid ratings slump

2012/05/18 18:15:03

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou pledged Friday that the government will work harder to listen to people's voices and review how it implements policies, following an unprecedented slump in approval ratings ahead of his second term.

Ma, who will be inaugurated May 20, said he is well aware of the the low approval ratings, and stressed the government feels "sorry and owes the people" and will take a more cautious approach when implementing new policies.

"We will keep reviewing ourselves," Ma said at the inauguration of the new Straits Exchange Foundation building in Taipei.

While the general direction of policy reforms will remain unchanged, details and procedures are open to adjustment, he added.

The president's remarks came after a series of opinion polls showed strong public dissatisfaction over the government's recent policies, including major fuel and electricity rate hikes.

According to the latest survey conducted by the Chinese-language United Daily News, Ma's approval rating has dropped to 23 percent, the lowest since he took office in 2008.

The result of the newspaper's survey was similar to the one released by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party earlier this week, in which only 25 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with Ma's performance.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)