CONSPICUOUS ABSENTEE:Hung Hsiu-chu said that she would not attend the forum because the KMT will host two televised debates before the May 20 election
Date: Apr 11, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Five of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairperson candidates put on a united
front yesterday, attending a two-hour policy presentation forum in Taipei organized by the party’s legislative caucus.
The only contender to miss the event was KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), who on Sunday officially announced she would seek re-election.
Hung had previously said yesterday’s forum was unnecessary, given that the party’s headquarters had planned two televised policy presentations ahead of the May 20 election.
Against the backdrop of the patriotic Chinese song Unity is Strength (團結就是力量), former KMT vice chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢), KMT Vice Chairman and former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), former KMT lawmaker Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) and former Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co general manager Han Kuo-yo (韓國瑜) were each given time to present their views and policy plans before taking questions from a panel of six KMT lawmakers and then giving closing statements.