A crowd yesterday gathered at a square next to the Dream Mall in Kaohsiung to show their support for Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, on the eve of today’s presidential and legislative elections.
The crowd, estimated by the KMT at between 300,000 and 350,000, was in festive mood, with many dressed in Republic of China (ROC) attire and waving ROC national flags.
Since he was elected Kaohsiung mayor in 2018, the city has grabbed the attention of the whole of Asia, Han said, adding that never had the municipality enjoyed so much attention.
Last month alone, the city had millions of visitors, which was remarkable, he added.
Residents in central and southern Taiwan have over the past three decades defended the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has veered away from its early ideals and become corrupt, Han said.
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is seeking re-election, is surrounded by corrupt bureaucrats, who have robbed her of her powers, he said.
The DPP has funded an Internet army to attack its enemies, but they went too far, leading to the suicide of Su Chii-cherng (蘇啟誠), former director-general of the Osaka branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan, Han said.
Tsai’s administration has spent billions on its New Southbound Policy, which has had little success, he said.
The DPP suffered a rout in the local elections in 2018, but wants to continue to rule the nation, so it started vilifying me in the absence of good things to say about Tsai, Han said.
The DPP has bribed 90 percent of the media, which dare not criticize Tsai or her policies, and have resorted to biased reporting praising the government, he said.
Han urged his supporters to use their ballots to “change Taiwan’s destiny and restore the ROC’s pride.”