KMT Legislator Says Party Made Serious Tactical Error 4公投遭否決 林為洲指犯嚴重策略錯誤

Kuomintang Legislator Lin Wei-chou says the KMT committed a serious tactical error in proposing two referendums and supporting all four. Meanwhile, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je criticized the Democratic Progressive Party for being obsessed with elections.

The four referendums failed to pass on Dec. 18. Kuomintang Legislator Lin Wei-chou, who proposed the referendum opposing imports of ractopamine pork, announced after the results came out that he had asked to resign as KMT Deputy General-Secretary. He also said the KMT made a serious tactical error in proposing two of the referendums and supporting all four. In the end, it became a battle of blue vs. green and the KMT suffered a defeat.

Lin Wei-chou, Legislator (KMT): “We supported "yes" votes for all four, and the DPP supported "no" votes for all four. We made a serious tactical error. That's why there were conflicting views between the party and county magistrates and city mayors like Hou Yu-ih and Lin Zi-miao.”

Chen Ting-fei, Legislator (DPP): “The results of these referendums show that the people believe the government, so we believe that the government will stabilize the electricity supply.”

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, who is also chair of the Taiwan People's Party, said referendums are about resolving issues, not votes. He criticized the Tsai administration for seeking to develop high electricity-consuming industries and then abolishing various sources of electricity. He said Tsai will have to end up using "love" to generate electricity. Immediately after the referendum results came out, the Democratic Progressive Party moved to enact a plan to merge city and county into a special municipality. Ko criticized the DPP for being obsessed with elections.

Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “The six special municipalities are already not working, so you shouldn't continue going down the wrong path. You shouldn't be taking advantage of the election situation to do what you want. That party is thinking about elections all day long, it's so obsessed with outcomes that it's neglecting the entire country.”

Ko said land planning involves the division of administrative areas, and preparations are needed and must be taken seriously regardless of whether they involve water conservancy, engineering, transportation, or urban planning.