Dear Mr. Prime Minister Tony Blair,
While Taiwan was in an uproar over elections yesterday (Dec.
5, 1998), Ilan, Tainan and Neihu districts were abuzz over plebiscites
there, where topics included construction of a fourth nuclear
power station, an international airport and Tz'u Chi Buddhist
In Taiwan , there were 412 voting stations holding the plebiscite.
The two plebiscite topics concerned whether residents would
approve of being ruled by the communist People's Republic of
China (PRC) and whether an international airport should be built
at Chigu in Tainan.
In response to rumors of conflicts over the plebiscites, the
Tainan prosecutor's office added 162 police patrols to prevent
trouble. Result in the Tainan plebiscite were; 77
percent of respondents opposed to rule by the PRC and
73 percent in favor of an international airport being built
In Ilan County, one plebiscite concerned the establishment
of the island's fourth nuclear power station. And in Neihu,
residents in Ta-huli district voted on whether a Tz'u Chi Buddhist
General Hospital should be constructed on land that could be
used as a water conservation area, and on whether that land
should be used as a water conservation area. The Tz'u Chi wants
to build a hospital and a volunteer center near Ta-Hu park,
on land that is part of the Ta-Hu Area, a possible water conservation
Most local residents are opposed to the idea, arguing that
a conservation area there will solve flooding problem. Of a
total of 5, 303 ballots in Neihu plehiscite 4,562 --- or 86
percent hospital. There were 618 ballots --- or 12 percent in
favor of construction. Approximately 90 percent of the voters
approves the water conservation park and 7 percent were against
it. There were 108 invalid ballots.
Taiwan people opposed to be ruled by PRC and need
un-polluted circumstances. Relate to Taiwan elections;
Premier Vincent Siew extended his highest regards to all citizens
for civil and orderly behavior demonstrated in three in one
elections, shows the maturity of Taiwan's democracy.
Siew said what impressed him most was the rational behavior
that votes demonstrated in the elections, saying they show that
Taiwan's' notion of democracy matured.
The elections, he said, would also win international
recognition for Taiwan as a free and democratic nation. Siew
pointed out that the elections will be the last ones before
the turn of the century, and said their success has made him
feel more confident about the nation's future.
Democratic Taiwan have a vigorous, excited, free and unrestrained
elections. After campaign; everything return to regular order.
It is very fortunately; Taiwan people had learned the game
of democracy from the post-time.
Taiwan need your support.