Sean Lien launches Taipei mayoral bid

By Queena Yen ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Kuomintang (KMT) Central Committee member Sean Lien (連勝文) officially announced his intent to run for Taipei City mayor at Jiancheng Circle (建成圓環) yesterday. Lien emphasized that with his past experience as a financial and human resources expert, he believes he can benefit Taipei City. Lien said he not only aims to revitalize industry and commerce but also to create more employment opportunities in the capital.

Lien also proposes to balance the development of different districts, and he emphasized his hope to revive the past glory of the West district. In addition, Lien hopes to become the first “mayor of charity,” promising to donate his salary to worthy charitable organizations if he wins the election. Responding to criticism that he is from the upper class and will have little understanding of how most people think, Lien said that he cannot control his family background, but he can decide what kind of person he wants to be. Lien said his decision to participate in the mayoral election is a fresh start for him since the past three years have been the darkest period in his life. Since the failed attempt on his life in November 2010, Lien has asked himself about the meaning behind his survival. “It is because of the suffering that I felt that it is time for me to take on more responsibilities and do something more to give back to this society,” said Lien. Lien also received his health examination report before he announced his candidacy for the mayoral election. “I have to make sure that my health is perfectly well in order to take on the responsibility of Taipei City mayor. This is also the reason why I announced my participation so late,” said Lien.