With just days remaining until the elections, Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan has filed a defamation suit against the KMT, which is accusing him of illegally profiting from land sales. The KMT's Simon Chang and TPP's Lai Hsiang-lin say Cheng owe the public an explanation.
Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan sued the KMT for defamation on the 23rd, saying the pan-blue camp baselessly accused him of illegally profiting from land transactions. Cheng also said the KMT is a poor role model for democratic elections by trying to win elections with smear campaigns.
Cheng Wen-tsan, Taoyuan City Mayor："Elections should be about policies and achievements. Hitting below the belt and slandering your opponents is not the way to go."
Cheng says he has not sued anyone in his eight years in office but he could not take the malicious slander against himself or his administration any longer. The KMT's Simon Chang spoke to the media about Cheng's suit.
Simon Chang, Taoyuan City Mayor Candidate (KMT)："When young voters and undecided voters see Cheng Wen-tsan in bed with property speculation conglomerates and so many conflicts of interest arising, they will want to get rid of him. Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan, you owe the public an explanation."
The TPP's Lai Hsiang-lin, meanwhile, has sued Cheng over the sale of over 90,000 pings of municipal land between 2017 and 2021, which caused property prices around those plots to skyrocket. Lai says Cheng owes the public an explanation.
Lai Hsiang-ling,Taoyuan City Mayor Candidate (TPP)："During your term, we've seen how the construction of public housing went and the sale of innumerable vacant plots of land. How much did you profit privately from these transactions? Does public welfare mean anything to you?"
While Taoyuan has historically leaned "blue," Cheng's eight years in office may have changed voter sentiment. Chang, Lai, the DPP's Cheng Yun-peng and independent candidate Cheng Bao-ching are all doing everything they can to win over voters.