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Sluggish economy tops DPP's 'top-10 public grievances' list
Central News Agency
2013-12-25 10:57 PM
Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Slow economic growth and arrogance among officials were the top public grievances against the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou, according to a poll by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Joseph Wu, a former mainland affairs minister who now heads the DPP's policy committee, presented his "Top 10 Public Grievances of 2013" report during a meeting of the party's central standing committee. Second on the list was Ma's political strike against a rival in the ruling party, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng. The DPP has said that the circumstances surrounding Ma's effort to remove Wang from the Kuomintang "sabotaged constitutional rule" and violated human rights. Rising prices of oil, gas and electricity which have increased overall prices came in as third, Wu said. DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said the problem with the Ma administration goes beyond a lack of both competence and understanding of the general public, lying instead in the fact that the government has become "the biggest creator of public grievances." "Over the past year," Su said, "we have not seen our government leaders making efforts to improve people's livelihood; instead, we have witnessed a lot of time and energy spent on political in-fighting." He urged the president, who also chairs the Kuomintang, to fire underperforming Cabinet ministers and replace them with real policy initiators who are capable of rectifying current policies that he described as "increasing the burden on the people." The DPP's top-10 grievances list was rounded out with housing concerns, a stock gains tax, a supplementary heath insurance premium, the transition to a 12-year education system, food safety worries, land development problems and the continued controversy over the country's fourth nuclear power plant. (By Justin Su and S.C. Chang)
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