RATIONAL DISCUSSION:In an interview reflecting on his leadership term, President Ma Ying-jeou has said the public does not know about all the government’s policies — Bloomberg
Date: Nov 21, 2015
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), reflecting on his tenure that ends in May next
year, said he believes history would view his administration more favorably than his low approval ratings that have been reflected in polling.
In an interview at his offices in Taipei on Thursday, Ma said if he had worried too much about his poll numbers, he would not have been able to push forward the policies he believes Taiwan needs.
The most contentious among those has been his embrace of economic ties with China, which has sparked protests including a three-week occupation of Taiwan’s legislature by students opposed to a services trade pact.
“Taiwan is a society where political opposition is very intense,” Ma said. “Sometimes, no matter what I say or how nice I make it sound, I can’t obtain support, but it is because I know this that I’m not afraid to do what I should.” [FULL STORY]