By Eric Huang ,The China Post
In memory of former President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), just days before the 24th anniversary of Chiang’s death, Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) said the former president would have supported President Ma Ying-jeou to continue leading Taiwan and urged James Soong, the presidential candidate of the People First Party (PFP), to quit his presidential bid. “I believe Soong does not want to see Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen elected president. A President Tsai would mean four years of recession on cross-strait stability, national security, development and prosperity,” Lien told a local media.
After years of election experience, Lien wishes the public to learn from these valuable lessons while better understanding the essence of democracy.
What may be intriguing is Lien’s confidence in the public to make the right choice. “Elections are about having the voters make conscience-based choices on politicians. Everyone has to make that choice with objective, selfless and impartial minds. That’s how the best talents can be voted into public office and that’s how the society can see right from wrong.”
The popular honorary chairman never won the presidency. He was defeated by a pan-blue (KMT) voter split in 2000’s presidential election.
Just three days away from the election, Lien has encouraged voters to think in terms of cross-strait stability, efficient and clean government, and international crisis management. The candidate with the best capability to lead Taiwan through these storms should be the president, he said.
However, Lien praised Soong’s heart and ability to govern and to serve the nation, noting that Soong can continue to serve the public post-election.
“Chairman Soong knows the difference between Ma and Tsai. He knows who is a better leader for Taiwan on cross-strait issues and who is best for Taiwan’s prosperity. The pro-Soong and independent voters must use their best sense to do what is right for the country.”
For Lien, Taiwan needs to strengthen on four political fronts to create an even more harmonious society. The first is national dignity. It is followed by government transparency. The third is stability based on Confucian ethics. Lastly is economic development and prosperity.
The honorary chairman said Taiwan could only achieve the truly harmonious society when the whole nation is united behind a common cause. He echoed Chiang saying “do what’s right, not what is most convenient.” That’s how the voters can gauge the vision and horizon of a national leader who is, above all, committed to serve the country.