President Tsai Ing-wen addressed the recent street violence on her Facebook and listed three points for improvement, including combating organized crime rings, strengthening night patrolling, and providing follow-up monitor and care to those with severe mental illnesses.
In response to the recent string of street violence, President Tsai Ing-wen posted on Facebook on the night of the 22nd condemning the violence and listed three points for improvement. First of all, Tsai said she has asked the Ministry of the Interior to enforce combating street gangs nationwide. Second, police are to strengthen night patrolling to prevent crime. Thirdly, people with mental instability and illness are to be profiled for follow-up and to be provided with care and help before mental instability becomes a crisis. Tsai remained quiet when being asked to respond to the recent street violence during the Taiwan Thinktank 20th anniversary forum on the 23rd.
Reporter: “President Tsai, do you have anything to say to the family members of the convenience store employee that got stabbed? President Tsai, some people feel that you responded too slowly to the recent violence.”
There are over 10,000 comments under President Tsai's post, asking the Tsai administration to step up and do something. There are also criticisms as to Tsai being slow in response. Both pan-blue and pan-green lawmakers gave their views.
Chen Ting-fei, Legislator (DPP): “The objective this time is to bring national safety up to a whole new level. We need to repair and rebuild our social safety net so we can actually improve lives for people and offer a safer place for people to live in.”
Chen Yu-jen, Legislator (KMT): “What Tsai has done best in the last couple of years has been her online campaign, but have citizens' lives improved really? Are we any happier? I don't think so. Violence in convenience shops happens every so often. The community at large is concerned, especially parents.”
The recent string of street violence raises questions on Taiwan's law and order. Besides asking the Ministry of the Interior to tighten up law enforcement, President Tsai also demanded a law and order report at the Executive Yuan on the 23rd.