Monday, November 29, 2010

DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen Press Statement on the election

DPP Chairman Tsai Ying-wen's statement on the elections:


“On behalf of the DPP, I would like to thank all the participants and our supporters in this election, as well as thank all the rest of the DPP party members. The results of this election were not as we hoped, but we humbly accept them.

“I would like to congratulate Mayor Chen Chu, Mayor Lai Ching-teh and all the winning city councilors, exhorting them to exert all their efforts in uplifting city governance and bringing a better livelihood for the city residents. I would also like to express our deepest gratitude to candidates Su Tseng-chang and Su Chia-chuan for bravely shouldering responsibility, achieving better overall DPP voter support and seats for our city councilors and strengthening our basic power during this the hardest period for the DPP. During their election process, they showed true democratic style and values, and it can be said to be a glorious defeat.

“I would also like to appeal to our supporters to accept the results in this election. We can understand everyone’s disappointment, but we can’t afford to be discouraged. We must see this result as a challenge and once again a test for the DPP. In this election, the DPP received more than 50% of the votes cast. Adding the results of this just concluded 3-in-1 election, the amount of votes received throughout the election areas ofTaiwan is comparable with the KMT. Additionally, the DPP received a great increase in the number of city councilors. This result is an achievement of our collective efforts. Therefore, do not believe that this is the end and everyone should not lose faith. The DPP will continue to fight on.

“The DPP this time remained rational and pragmatic in developing public policy for the livelihood of the people and the disadvantaged. This showed a different image of the party and political culture in Taiwan. For this reason, we feel extremely at ease. We definitely believe that this is a right choice, and we will continue to persist in our ideals until the DPP gains sufficient trust from the public.

“In the past two years, the DPP and its party members have walked through a tumultuous period of growth and setbacks. I know that in the near future, we will face an even tougher battle, but with the same faith and courage, I will continue to lead the DPP, firmly marching forward. Thank you!”

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Anonymous said...

Wow! That is so impressive and mature coming from a Taiwanese politician. You could never hear anything like that from the KMT.

Anonymous said...

This is what REAL leadership looks like. Kudos!

David on Formosa said...

A lot of people have criticised Tsai's lack of charisma and campaigning skills but she is politically smart. Even after a slightly disappointing result she is still driving the agenda with a strong focus on the future. I think this is a strategy that will help her beat the old guard in the DPP to win the nomination and then leave Ma struggling to catch up in the 2012 campaign.

Marc said...

Class act.

Jade said...

I see the maturaity of the democracy being developed in Taiwan thanks to Tsai's leadership in the DPP. I surely hope the rest of the Taiwanese see the same as I do.

jerome in vals said...

The Formosan way....
Great job...

A letter in the editorial section of the Liberty Times of 48 hrs ago called on the DPP leadership to do just that.

The gist of the letter was, DPP do not let your young campaign volunteers down in their time of post-electoral grief.

Only time will tell if DPP can sustain the Japanese state of mind that suffused their electoral campaign adds.

Not to elaborate too much, my advice to Ms. Tsai would be that she learns Japanese.

That will enable her to become a rainbow bridge between the Japanese Formosans of her grand parents and parents generation and the Harizu of today.

As a rule of thumb, talk and walk the gangplank of Chinese abhorred themes. And remember: