TAIPEI (CNA) – A memoir of former President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) time in office will be published Dec. 20, in which Ma touts achievements he made in national development and recognizes the mistakes he committed during his eight years as president from 2008-2016.
The memoir, published by Taipei-based Commonwealth Publishing Co., is written by Hsiao Hsu-tsen (蕭旭岑), former deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office during the Ma administration, based on Ma’s oral accounts.
In the preface, Ma says was so lucky to be elected twice as president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), showing the trust of the people of Taiwan.
During the past more than two years since leaving office, Ma said that he has faced both enthusiastic sympathy and serious criticism from the public while visiting different places around the nation, which prompted him to record what he experienced during the presidency as a form of self-reflection, as well as to assume responsibility for history.
With regard to the most satisfactory things he achieved during his presidency, Ma noted the signing of accords with Japan and the Philippines that settled fishery disputes that had existed for more than four decades with the two neighboring countries.
The most regrettable thing during his presidency was the Sunflower Student Movement of 2014 that has left the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement shelved, greatly jeopardizing Taiwan’s economic development, he said.
By Liu Li-jung and Romulo Huang