Tsai’s ‘wait & see’ remark draws ire
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen ( ) faced criticism yesterday from a local newspaper over her “wait and see” attitude regarding the current economic and stock market crisis.
Last week, when asked about the stagnant Taiwanese economy, Tsai said that measures to save the stock market and address the gloomy economic forecast were her current “greatest challenge.” She also stated that the DPP has already drawn up ways to deal with the issues once she is “elected as president.”
The United Daily News commentary questioned the validity behind Tsai’s statement. “Why should Tsai wait until the elections if she is already confident that she’ll become the next president?”, a reference to her statement that the DPP will have a higher chance of winning the elections this time, made in Washington during her U.S. tour in June.
The commentary suggested that since the struggling economy has seen a downturn in competitiveness in the past few years, Tsai has the means to help push measures to address the situation with the DPP as the largest opposition party.
Tsai’s “we’ll handle this once we’re elected” attitude, as the commentary described it, draws comparisons to the U.S. The remark would be met with general disapproval rather than applause in the U.S. due to the different levels of democracy between the two countries, and varying voter expectations about politicians, the commentary said.
The DPP has yet to make a statement as of press time.
On policies regarding judicial reforms, Tsai proposed that the “president should personally lead the reforms,” and pledged to hold a nationwide judicial system reform meeting after becoming president next year. Tsai met with Lee Chia-chin (
), chairman of the Taiwan Bar Association ( ), and Judicial Reform Foundation ( ) chairman Joseph Lin ( ), yesterday, where the presidential candidate took the opportunity to announce her platform on judicial reforms.
In her list of nine reforms, Tsai stated that changes should be based on increasing the “quality and work ethic of judicial officials,” and revising the current “entry and exit strategy” for such officials, such as implementing regulations on removing unsuitable judges.
The presidential candidate also proposed revising Taiwan’s judicial system in the “reform meeting” that could be held after she’s elected as president, stating the possibility of implementing structures such as a “jury system” or “lay judge system.”
In her proposed systematic reforms, Tsai advocated revising the three-leveled judicial review system to create a more efficient system as far as division of work at each level. Tsai also stated that the current system should improve its “scientific investigations” to further raise the court’s credibility.