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President Tsai promises more help for disadvantaged: lawmaker

2018/12/02 21:40:01

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right) and Chiayi City Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲, left)

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has said more emphasis should be placed on people at the lower spectrum of society and more care should be shown to the disadvantaged and young people, a lawmaker said Sunday.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋), who represents Chiayi City, summarized Tsai's views after she attended a DPP symposium in the city Sunday.

DPP legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋, left) and Chiayi City Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲)

Tsai is touring the country to take stock of public opinion after her party suffered a major defeat in Taiwan's elections for local government posts on Nov. 24, seeing the number of the 22 cities and counties it controls in Taiwan dwindle from 13 to six.

She stepped down as DPP chairperson soon after the results were known.

During the symposium, Tsai promised that more would be done for people at the lower end of society to let them know the government has not forgotten about them, according to Lee.

She also touched on several other issues that factored into the DPP's troubles in the local elections, including same-sex marriage, an issue Tsai campaigned on when she ran for president, referendums held in conjunction with the elections, and new five-day workweek rules.

The economy was another topic addressed at the meeting, Lee said, especially the belief that young adults are having a hard time because of the low salaries they are making.

There was a feeling that the economy is in fact growing but also a hope that the government will put more emphasis on caring for youth, Lee said.

Asked about the reason behind the DPP's election defeat, Lee said, "all the reasons are causes. No problem is caused by a single issue."

Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) of the DPP, who was narrowly defeated by former mayor Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠) of the opposition Kuomintang in his bid for re-election on Nov. 24 and will step down later this month, said defeat was like being sick and caused by more than one factor.

Some people may see the culprit as the general environment, and some may ask the president to take full responsibility, but in fact there were many factors involved, Twu said.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, left) and Chiayi City Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲)

(By Chiang Chun-liang and William Yen)