DPP Lawmakers Welcome Lim Back with Open Arms 民進黨大力輔選 林昶佐驚險續任立委

The votes to recall Legislator Freddy Lim didn't meet the required threshold. Lim was heavily supported by the DPP against a recall, but refused to say whether he will join the party.

Freddy Lim returned to the legislature on Jan. 10 after a recall election failed. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ting-fei welcomed him back with a hug. Lim also received congratulations from legislative assistants as he walked through the corridors. Lim said he will continue to do his job of representing Taipei's Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts. He declined to answer when asked any politics-related questions, including if he will join the DPP.

Freddy Lim, Legislator (Ind.): “If we get into another discussion about politics, whether it's about the next election or political planning, then the entire society will be unstable. If the entire society is unstable, that will give opportunities to those who are trying to stir up animosity and conflict.”

Chen Ting-fei, Legislator (DPP): “I believe he will make a choice on whether to join or not based on how he works for his constituency and what's best.”

Lee De-wei, Legislator (KMT): “There are perhaps more people in Taipei's Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts who believe he's a DPP legislator than those who don't think so. I think this will become a reality very soon.”

The threshold needed to recall Lim was not reached, but the number of votes for a recall greatly exceeded the number of votes against. Recall initiator Chung Hsiao-ping said the Kuomintang still has a chance, while a DPP legislator said the result shows that Taipei is still blue.

Chung Hsiao-ping, Recall Initiator / Taipei City Councilor: “The plates have shifted, and there has been excellent progress. It's a pity that more Zhongzheng residents didn't vote or else it would have passed. The KMT needs to be more united, and we will work hard to win back the legislative seat next time.”

Cheng Yun-peng, Legislator (DPP): “It's very clear that the KMT still has a strong base. If the ruling party is not careful, then the KMT could be successful in both recalls and referendums. We need to remember to always be clean, have self-respect, and consolidate with each step.”

The number of "yes" votes exceeded the "no" votes by about 10,000, leading to concerns that the DPP base did not show up even though they were ordered to do so by President Tsai Ing-wen. Her influence appears to be waning. DPP legislators said the party has many strategies to respond to recalls, and strengthening the number of "no" votes while preventing the number of "yes" votes from hitting the threshold is one of these strategies, and people can't draw conclusions just by looking at the number of "no" votes.