24 Mar 2008

Proud to be a Taiwanese

Thank Buddha, Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was elected the 12th president of Taiwan ROC. And finally, Taiwan has a president whose behaviour, mentality, and mannerism truly matches what a president should be.

Mr. Ma brings us new hopes for Taiwan's future development. We, Taiwanese, have suffered from the economic and political downfall for the past 8 years. The government led by DPP only brought us difficult lives, only lowered our living quality, and the worst of all, only gave us a shaky regime. Many who support DPP and Frank Hsieh may oppose to what I said here, but if we really look at the people around us, think about our everyday life, and compare Taiwan to other developed countries, then we know what I said above are solid facts.

After 8 years of suffering, Taiwanese can no longer take it anymore. This time we used our legitimate power to show the government that we have had enough. Winning by a 16% margin, 220 million votes, KMT not only succeeds in taking back the government, but also succeeds in winning the people's heart again. Though it is a good teamwork that helps KMT win this election, we can't deny it is also Mr. Ma's charisma that completes such a difficult mission. This election is not just a dream come true for those who really concern Taiwan's future, it is also an excellent demonstration of how democratic this society is.

However, some radical supporters of DPP have shown us really bad attitudes. They have used horrible words to humiliate the people of Taiwan. It seems that only when their candidate wins the election could Taiwan maintain its democracy. How ridiculous! Didn't we all vote? Wasn't this an election that is based on people's free will? There's a woman, who has lived in Japan for most of her life, saying that she will give up being a Taiwanese because she could not stand Taiwan being "not Taiwanese" under Mr. Ma's presidency. This sounds just like a crying kid whose toys were taken away by the teacher. It is totally childish. I don't understand this logic and I am so curious about her logic. If she doesn't want to be a Taiwanese, go back to Japan and shut up! Stop giving irresponsible comments. Stop humiliating the people of Taiwan. We don't need a foreigner to tell us how to live our lives.

After the election, Mr. Shieh said that losing the election is only his and the party's failure, not the failure in Taiwan's democracy. I agree with him totally. At least, the candidate showed us a good attitude, and we should praise him for his frankness. His words highlights Taiwan's democracy.

Now we have a president that we want, and we all have a great expectation on him. This will not be an easy job, and he has to work very hard and be very careful. I have the faith that he can do it. From now on, Taiwan is different. Change has started, and we are ready to head to a prosperous future.


  1. Anonymous9:24 am

    Good, found a blog giving a view from the other side.

    I was under the impression that a substantial part of the economic troubles were just stagnant salaries, caused in part by the KMT's obstruction in the Legislature. I remember a while back that taiwan did not have a national budget because the KMT refused to discuss it untill they talked about election rules? The economy will get a boost now, because there is no more fight, the KMT can just finally let everything pass the way it wants it. But what will it look like in 3 years time?

    Anyway, democracy is democracy, so can't complain, going the way the majority wants to go. I'm also glad the KMT won, else it would have been the same old story as the last 8 years.

    Please , keep a record of the inflation statistics now, versus 2-3 years in the future. Would be a good litmus test for the KMT, to see how they doing in managing the economy as it opens to china.

    I'm not taiwanese, and dont claim to know anything. but will be interested to see where things go from here.

  2. Are you being fair to President Chen in hindsight? The KMT controlled the Legislative Yuan and never allowed Chen to pass any policies. They never gave bipartisanship a chance.