Taipei-Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (???) on Friday concluded his campaign by blasting the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for failing to come up with concrete policies over its nearly four years in power.
"(President) Tsai Ing-wen (???) has been surrounded by a group of corrupt persons, and the DPP government has accomplished nothing because of its lack of concrete policies," Han said to his supporters at a rally in Kaohsiung, where he was elected mayor in November 2018.
Han said in the past three years, Taiwan has lost seven diplomatic allies and been blocked from joining international organizations at a time when the DPP has undermined relations across the Taiwan Strait.
"People in Taiwan need to find a new direction to move forward," Han said, calling on his supporters to vote for him to lead the country and "help Taiwan gain back its pride."
After gathering a large crowd on Ketagalan Boulevard outside the Presidential Office in Taipei on Thursday, Han held another rally at the Dream Mall in Kaohsiung on Friday, trying to unite the pan-blue (pro-KMT) camp a day before presidential and legislative elections.
The Kaohsiung rally started at 6 p.m., and Han and his wife Lee Chia-fen (???) showed up at around 9 p.m. and drew a loud ovation from his supporters.
According to the rally's organizers, the event drew more than 500,000 people waving the national flag of the Republic of China.
Han is competing in a three way race with Tsai and People First Party (PFP) candidate James Soong (???).
The KMT, which lost power in 2016 in a three-way battle between Tsai, former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???) of the KMT, and the PFP's Soong, has vowed to win back the presidency in 2020 with a slogan of love and tolerance.
Before Han appeared at the Kaohsiung rally, several celebrities and political figures addressed the crowd to solicit support for Han and the KMT's legislative candidates.
They included Taiwanese puppet master Huang Chun-hsiung (???), pop singer Hope Yang (???), former Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu (???), Tainan City Councilor Hsieh Lung-chieh (???) and former Taitung Magistrate Huang Chien-ting (???).
Huang blamed the DPP for using anti-China tactics to divide people in Taiwan and undermine ties across the Taiwan Strait, and he urged the supporters to help Han unseat Tsai.
In addition, renowned philanthropic vegetable vendor Chen Shu-chu (???) attended Han's rally in Kaohsiung to endorse the KMT's presidential candidate.
"We have to open our eyes to choose the right person to lead the country," Chen said, "Han will be the right leader for the people on this land."
During the rally, Chang San-cheng (???), Han's running mate, criticized the DPP government for using public money to build a cyber army to mock Han and his team.
Through communications technology, the Kaohsiung rally was linked to another rally held simultaneously in New Taipei attended by Chu, the head of Han's campaign office, former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (???) to boost support for the KMT.
Before Friday's night rally, Han spent time earlier in the day in Nantou in street parades to campaign for KMT legislative candidates Hsu Shu-hua (???) and Ma Wen-chun (???), and he criticized the DPP for worsening air pollution in central Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel