Taipei, Taiwan's medical community on Thursday launched an endorsement campaign in support of a second term for President Tsai Ing-wen urging the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to skip a primary that it said could cause a split within the party.
"We love Taiwan and we support the president to lead it into a second term," leaders of medical associations from across Taiwan chanted at a news conference.
They also held up banners that read: "Taiwan for the United Nations, keep the local regime."
Liu Chia-cheng chairman of Taiwan Primary Care Association, praised Tsai for being a genuine reformist who has bravely embarked on a path of reform in Taiwan's pension, judicial and labor systems.
"Reform cannot be stopped and pains are unavoidable along the way," Liu said.
He lauded Tsai for shouldering the responsibility of carrying out reforms which he said have showed initial results.
"Only a re-election of Tsai can guarantee Taiwan's continued democracy, freedom and independence," he said.
Ting Jung-tse chairman of Yunlin Medical Association, pointed out that Tsai has successfully regained her momentum after the DPP's defeat in the Nov. 24 local government elections.
Quoting Tsai, Ting said he believes that the president will be able to further solidify Taiwan's democracy based on the existing foundation, as long as she is given enough time.
As the January presidential election approaches, the DPP has yet to come up with a set of measures on how to produce its candidate, through a primary or a special scheme.
Former Premier Lai Ching-te who leads over Tsai in multiple public opinion surveys and who has thrown his hat into the DPP's presidential primary, has repeatedly urged the DPP to pick its candidate through a primary.
At the same time, supporters of Tsai have called on Lai to drop his presidential bid, and a five-member group has reportedly been seeking to persuade Lai to cooperate with Tsai to avoid a split within the DPP.
Wu Hsin-hsi a former chairman of Yunlin Medical Association, said a second term for Tsai would be the best bet to secure a smooth transformation in Taiwan.
At a time when Taiwan is facing multiple challenges, Tsai is the best choice to lead the country through the many difficulties arising from the trade frictions between the United States and China and some problems left behind from the past, such as issues relating to the equal distribution and building of a good social order, Wu said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel