KMT Chair Eric Chu, Hsinchu County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke, Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chan issued a joint call for the merger of the three municipalities to be put off until 2026. Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chih-chien, however, said the merger is "necessary and urgent."
On the 27th, Kuomintang Chair Eric Chu, Hsinchu County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke, Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang, and council speakers and legislators representing Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, and Miaoli County jointly called for the merger of the three municipalities to be put off until 2026. The Democratic Progressive Party is trying to push the merger through before the elections next year.
Eric Chu, KMT Chair: “Only 10 percent of voters in Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County, and Miaoli County support the Democratic Progressive Party's ill-advised legislation for 2022. In fact, over 80 percent of young voters want to wait until 2026.”
Hsu Yao-chang, Miaoli County Magistrate: “This rush job is not going to turn out well. Slow down!”
Chu blasted the DPP for changing the law to suit its own selfish purposes while ignoring how a merger would affect local development and allocation of government funds in Miaoli. Hsu and Yang, meanwhile, said municipalities have always been given time to prepare before a merger and the process should not be a hasty rush job.
Yang Wen-ke, Hsinchu County Magistrate: “If this isn't bullying, what is?”
Lin Chih-chien, Hsinchu City Mayor: “I want to ask Eric Chu: If Lin Chih-chien doesn't run, will Eric Chu openly support rushing through the revisions to merge the three municipalities?”
Lin Chih-chien, however, says voters can make their own decision once the law is passed. He also said the DPP is proposing the change for the sake of national development and it is very regrettable the KMT is trying to politicize the move.