Ex-DPP head Hsu joins presidential primary bid


TAIPEI–Former opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Hsu Hsin-liang unexpectedly showed up at the party’s headquarters yesterday to register his participation in the party primary for the 2012 presidential election.

“I know my chances of winning the primary are terribly slim,” said Hsu, 69, who added that he joined the race mainly to advocate his political ideas in the hope that they will be incorporated into the eventual winner’s agenda.

Summing up these political ideas, Hsu said that at home, more public resources should be allocated to helping the less privileged. Regarding China, he said, the status quo must be maintained before Taiwan can open up further to the rising power across the Taiwan Strait.

He proposed that the DPP’s presidential candidate promise to make unemployment benefits and child care subsidies part of the party’s platform in next year’s election campaign.