Ex-President Lee gives praise to local gov’t during homestay tour

By Enru Lin

The China Post–Former President Lee Teng-hui praised the local — but not central — government during a visit to the just-completed Siaolin Village (小林村) memorial park.

Lee is on a three-day, two two-night homestay excursion in southern Taiwan. Joined yesterday by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊), Lee toured Siaolin Village’s new memorial park, which is dedicated to the victims of Typhoon Morakot. The government project gives peace to the living and to the dead, said Lee. “Very few places in the world have such a government,” he said, adding that by “government” he refers to “local government.” Lee, speaking to reporters while seated on a park bench, praised the municipal government for “being very thoughtful in every respect.” “Taiwan is a democratic society and policies should revolve around the people,” said Lee. Claiming that local governments understand the people’s needs more deeply than the central governments, Lee expressed his hope that local governments’ voices and strength would continue to grow. Chen said she was “fully pleased” that Lee is able to tour the memorial park, which was completed in January.

In the wake of Typhoon Morakot, Lee has phoned multiple times to follow up on the village’s reconstruction, according to Chen.