By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen had to
reject requests for government positions as opinion polls kept showing her as the most likely winner of the presidential election, reports said Friday.
For the past year, virtually every survey has shown Tsai in the lead for the January 16 election. Even last month’s decision by the Kuomintang to replace its presidential candidate and pick party chairman Eric Liluan Chu failed to make a dent in Tsai’s support, and neither did last weekend’s summit between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
As a result, more and more prominent personalities have approached Tsai in the hope of meeting her and receiving the promise of an appointment once the new president is sworn in next May 20, reports said.
The opposition leader has reportedly instituted three principles to handle the phenomenon. She will not have dinners or lunches with just anybody, she will not hold talks with just anybody, and she will not hand out jobs to those who come and ask for them directly, the China Times Weekly reported. [FULL STORY]