Tsai an­nounces 5 so­cial sta­bil­ity pledges

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Tsai Ing-wen ( ) an­nounced her “five so­cial sta­bil­ity pledges” yesterday, which re­volve around so­cial hous­ing, food safety, com­mu­nity care, sus­tain­able pen­sions and public safety.

Tsai’s an­nounce­ment came dur­ing her com­mence­ment speech at an elec­tion rally in Taoyuan City. Her first so­cial sta­bil­ity pledge is the “liv­ing at ease pro­gram,” which is based on so­cial hous­ing. It in­volves build­ing 200,000 house­holds in eight years by co­op­er­at­ing with county and city gov­ern­ments.

“The so­cial hous­ing will only be rented out on rea­son­able leases tai­lored par­tic­u­larly for the youth, mid­dle- class work­ers, sin­gle­par­ent fam­i­lies, the dis­abled and the el­derly,” Tsai stated.

Stricter food safety reg­u­la­tions are also to be on the agenda if the DPP chair­woman wins the elec­tion. Tsai stated that amend­ments will also be made to the Act Gov­ern­ing Food Safety and San­i­ta­tion ( ) to make food pro­duc­ers more re­spon­si­ble for the food they sup­ply and set up a re­port­ing sys­tem that re­wards high-quota bonuses.

“We will also push for a new agri­cul­tural sys­tem,” Tsai said, “by re­new­ing the food pro­duc­tion re­sume sys­tem by giv­ing each agri­cul­tural prod­uct its own iden­tity card.” Tsai stated her de­sire to see Tai­wan’s food be­come more well-known on an in­ter­na­tional scale by guar­an­tee­ing its qual­ity and re-in­still­ing con­sumer trust in Tai­wan-pro­duced foods.

For com­mu­nity care, Tsai is propos­ing a “three-in-one” sys­tem through a com­mu­nity-based struc­ture by link­ing “nurs­ing and child­care, long- term care, and em­ploy­ment” un­der one pol­icy. The health care sys­tem will then be able to pro­vide qual­ity care for the el­derly and the young, Tsai stated.

Tsai said that she was pes­simistic about Tai­wan’s cur­rent pen­sions sys­tem, stat­ing that each pen­sion cat­e­gory will be­come bank­rupt in the fu­ture if the sys­tem does not un­dergo changes.

Re­it­er­at­ing her pre­vi­ous stance on the pen­sions is­sue, Tsai ad­vo­cated hold­ing a “na­tional af­fairs meet­ing” to dis­cuss “sus­tain­able pen­sions sys­tem” re­forms with ex­perts from var­i­ous fields.

“The cur­rent pen­sion prob­lems are a struc­tural prob­lem — it is not a prob­lem stem­ming from an in­di­vid­ual or a par­tic­u­lar in­dus­try,” Tsai stated. “A sus­tain­able pen­sion plan should be able to guar­an­tee each per­son’s re­tire­ment.”

On the topic of public safety, Tsai high­lighted her anti- drug plat­form, stat­ing she has real- ized that drug abuse prob­lems “are more se­vere than orig­i­nally thought.” Sub­stance abuse is in­creas­ing in younger age groups, and is also the ba­sis of vi­o­lence and crime, Tsai said. “46 per­cent of prison in­mates are af­fected by drug-re­lated crime.”

Tsai is also ad­vo­cat­ing set­ting up anti-drug pro­grams with other coun­tries. Other public safety is­sues to be ad­dressed should Tsai be­come pres­i­dent are com­bat­ing or­ga­nized crime, the use of as­sault weapons and the pro­mo­tion of women’s and chil­dren’s safety.

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