Ex-Control Yuan head backs Hon Hai boss to be president
Former Control Yuan President Wang Chien- hsien (
) has proposed that the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) should back Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou ( ) as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
In a letter to the China Times published on Sunday, Wang said the KMT cannot find a candidate for the presidential election because it has realized it will lose by a big margin no matter who represents it following a crushing defeat in nationwide local elections in 2014.
He suggested that the KMT give up on nominating its own candidate and back a successful entrepreneur such as Gou, similar to the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) backing independent candidate Ko Wen-je (
) in his bid for Taipei mayor last year.
People are “so sick and tired of” Taiwan’s political divide fueled by the pan-blue and pangreen camps that they elected Ko Taipei mayor despite his lack of government experience, Wang said.
Gou’s Hon Hai is also known as Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, which churns iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc. KMT Chairman Eric Chu ( ), who is also the mayor of New Taipei, told reporters on Sunday that he did not read Wang’s letter, but he said Taiwan should think about what kind of president it needs rather than worry about who is interested in running.
Chu, who has repeatedly ruled out a run despite polls indicating he would give DPP nominee Tsai Ing- wen ( ) the toughest challenge of any KMT candidate, said his priority will be reforming the KMT in the near term and uniting the party’s strength step by step.
Other potential candidates, including Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) and Vice President Wu Den-yih ( ), have yet to make their intentions known.
Some of the reluctance to run may be because any KMT candidate will be a major underdog in the race considering the low approval ratings of President Ma Ying-jeou’s KMT administration and the party’s defeat in local elections last November.