Pingtung speaker charged for election act violations
Pingtung County Council Speaker Chou Dian-lun charged with election law violations for allegedly buying signatures to support Terry Gou’s presidential bid. Daughter also under investigation. Mayor of Chaojhou and others admit guilt, pay fines. TVBS reminds audience of presumption of innocence.
Tech leaders laud Hon Hai’s economic contributions at Gala
Discover the success story of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co at its 50th anniversary gala dinner, where founder Terry Gou highlighted the company’s impact on employees and the community. Special messages from tech leaders like Tim Cook and Jensen Huang added to the celebration.
Hou Yu-ih calls for democratic reforms, coalition gov’t
KMT presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih proposes a third wave of democratic reforms and a coalition government, inviting individuals outside of the KMT such as TPP candidate Ko Wen-je and Foxconn founder Terry Gou. He criticizes DPP candidate Lai Ching-te for lack of transparency regarding the Medigen Covid-19 vaccine and accuses the DPP of improper governance and corruption. The campaign rally in Tainan attracted 50,000 supporters with prominent KMT officials in attendance.
Ko Wen-je slams KMT for shady tactics in Taiwan elections
Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je criticizes the Kuomintang (KMT) for engaging in power politics and diverting attention from their own shortcomings. Ko questions the credibility of KMT’s vice-presidential candidate, Jaw Shaw-kong, who expressed intentions to discuss potential premier candidates with Ko and Foxconn founder Terry Gou if elected. Ko believes Jaw’s remarks disqualify him as a competent candidate.
DPP’s Hsiao promises review amidst KMT’s corruption claims
Vice Presidential candidate Hsiao Bi-khim of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vows to review and reflect on corruption allegations within the DPP government. This comes after her opponent, Kuomintang’s (KMT) Jaw Shaw-kong, accused the DPP of corruption during a policy presentation. Jaw raised concerns about the DPP obstructing Terry Gou’s acquisition of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines and questioned the increase in the market value of Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp. He advocated for the reinstatement of the Special Investigation Division to tackle corruption. Hsiao acknowledges mistakes within the party and emphasizes the need for self-review. She highlights the DPP’s commitment to reform and progressive policies, citing examples of marriage equality and energy transformation. Hsiao compares the government to a team in an international competition, emphasizing the importance of guidance and support for a unified nation.
Ex-DPP councilor and aide indicted in data acquisition case
Former Taoyuan City Councillor, Kuo Li-hua, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and her assistant Liu Tsai-jou have been indicted for allegedly purchasing private information in support of Foxconn founder, Terry Gou, during his independent presidential candidacy. The indictment states that Kuo, under Liu’s direction, secured 325 blank endorsement forms on six separate occasions, totaling a transaction of NT＄88,400. Law enforcement officials seized critical evidence, including endorsement registers and text messages, which implicated Kuo and Liu. Despite Kuo’s denial, the Taiwan Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office (TYC) emphasized that they and six others had clearly committed the crime and were officially prosecuted. The TYC has also requested a heavier sentence for Kuo due to her hostility after committing the crime.
KMT’s Jaw calls for Terry Gou’s return to party ranks
Kuomintang (KMT) vice-presidential candidate Jaw Shaw-kong publicly appeals for Foxconn founder Terry Gou to return to the party. Gou had initiated a signature campaign for opposition consolidation, but did not register for the 2024 election. Jaw hopes Gou will reconsider and come back to the KMT, emphasizing the party’s need for his support. Gou, who had planned to run as an independent candidate with actress Lai Pei-hsia as his running mate, withdrew from the election before the registration deadline on Nov. 24.
Tainan police bust NT$6.55M election betting ring
Tainan police have arrested six individuals involved in a gambling ring on a Facebook group, which was taking bets on the 2024 General Election outcomes totaling over NT$6.55 million. The case has been handed over to the Tainan District Prosecutors Office for investigation under several acts, including the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act, the Money Laundering Control Act, and the Anti-Infiltration Act. The ring recruited bettors on Facebook to place wagers on various outcomes related to the forthcoming elections, including potential collaborations between political parties and candidates such as Lai Ching-te, Ko Wen-je, Hou Yu-ih, and Terry Gou. The Tainan City Police Department Criminal Investigation Corps initiated the investigation after spotting the illicit activity online and tracked down suspects across multiple locations. The investigation has revealed that the gambling funds were being converted into Tether (USDT), a popular cryptocurrency stablecoin, by unidentified individuals abroad, and transferred to other gambling organizations, potentially violating election-related gambling laws.
Wang Jin-pyng seeks unity in KMT, urges Gou’s return
Former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, in an effort to strengthen support within the Kuomintang (KMT), highlighted the importance of unity and expressed his desire for the return of Foxconn Founder Terry Gou to the party. Wang also announced his commitment to serve as the national campaign chairman for KMT presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih. These statements were made during a luncheon held in Taipei to gather resources from the pro-Gou faction in support of Hou and his running mate. Former KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin and former party Secretary-General Lee Chien-lung were also present, showing their support for Wang’s initiative. Wang emphasized that KMT chairpersons are now more united than ever, with all past grievances resolved.
KMT’s Jaw urges Terry Gou to unite for election victory
KMT’s vice-presidential candidate, Jaw Shau Kong, appeals for unity within the Kuomintang and urges business tycoon Terry Gou to support the party in a bid to consolidate votes. Jaw’s attempts to contact Gou have been met with voicemail, but he remains determined to reach out. Jaw emphasizes the importance of the central region, including Taichung City, Changhua County, Nantou County, and Chiayi City, as a pivotal battleground in the upcoming presidential race. He believes that securing a draw in the south, winning in the north, and leveraging support in the central region will lead to victory.
Wang Jin-pyng seeks Terry Gou’s support for KMT election bid
Former Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng expresses his efforts to invite Foxconn founder Terry Gou to join the Kuomintang’s campaign for the upcoming election. Wang has been appointed as the chairman of KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih’s nationwide campaign. Wang believes in the strength of the Hou-Kang ticket and sees it as a promising combination that could bring about a political power shift. While Wang has not had recent contact with Gou, he assures that arrangements are in place and hints at potential strategic plans. As Hou advocates for the reinstatement of the Special Investigation Division, Wang emphasizes the importance of proper legal processes and the enforcement of the law without violations.
Ko Wen-je rues failed KMT alliance, cites betrayal
Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je expressed disappointment in the failure to establish an alliance with the Kuomintang (KMT), citing his medical background and trust in others as a disadvantage in politics. He believes that the mishandling of the breakup with the KMT has led to his declining support. Despite the acrimony, Ko hinted at potential future cooperation with Foxconn’s founder Terry Gou, acknowledging their maintained contact for policy collaboration. Ko praised Gou’s think tank on finance and economics for its excellent work, revealing that his team has consulted and adopted numerous economic policy suggestions from Gou’s proposals. The focus at this stage is on policy partnership, with paths toward collaborative governance remaining open between the two camps.
KMT’s Hou, Jaw unite with nominees for campaign photos
The Kuomintang’s (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih and his running mate Jaw Shaw-kong participated in a photo shoot and promotional video session with unranked legislative nominees. They donned white shirts and blue jeans for the hour-long session. Jaw Shaw-kong publicly appealed to Foxconn founder Terry Gou to rejoin the party and contribute to the election campaign, emphasizing the need for unity for the greater good of Taiwan. KMT Chairman Eric Chu took responsibility for any dissatisfaction within the party, highlighting the importance of party coherence. However, Gou distanced himself from rejoining the KMT and the electoral battle, stating that the issue is not relevant to him. The KMT has been actively seeking unity through various channels, including attempting to woo Gou, in order to bolster their chances in the upcoming elections.
Ko Wen-je aims for 10 seats in Legislative Yuan election
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, the presidential candidate for the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), aims to win a total of 10 seats in the upcoming Legislative Yuan elections. He plans to maintain President Tsai Ing-wen’s foreign affairs policies while adopting a friendlier approach to cross-strait relations and emphasizing Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities. Despite his pro-Democratic Progressive Party stance, Ko aims for a non-partisan approach to governance, drawing on his experience as a physician. He believes that the key to his success lies in the turnout of young voters and aspires to make Taiwan a ＂normal country.＂ Ko has been using his media platform, ＂KP TV,＂ and participating in interviews to enhance his media presence. Cynthia Wu has been chosen as the vice-presidential candidate for the TPP. Ko hinted at the possibility of involving Terry Gou, founder of Foxconn, in the campaign after discussing economic policies with Gou’s team. While Ko did not provide specific vote estimates, he mentioned that around 5.5 million votes are needed to win the presidency. He also suggested that if the TPP and the Kuomintang (KMT) were to part ways, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) might gain a majority in the Legislative Yuan.
Terry Gou shares loss, pledges cancer hospital for Taiwan
Foxconn founder Terry Gou shares an emotional tribute on Facebook to his late brother Tony Gou and his first wife Serena Lin. He recounts the personal tragedies of losing his brother to leukemia at the age of 46 and his wife to breast cancer at the age of 54. Despite seeking medical experts worldwide, his brother ultimately lost his battle with cancer. Gou recently withdrew his presidential candidacy and now focuses on his determination to contribute to Taiwan’s medical field. He announces his plan to build a cancer hospital in Taiwan as a way to offer hope to those fighting the disease.
Taiwan’s healthcare outweighs U.S. citizenship: Commentator
Taipei City Hospital’s Chiang Kuan-yu commented on Lai Pei-hsia’s decision to give up her U.S. citizenship, stating that Taiwan’s lighter healthcare and tax burdens outweigh the benefits of U.S. citizenship. Lai, an entertainer, relinquished her U.S. citizenship in order to qualify as the running mate for Foxconn founder Terry Gou in Taiwan’s vice-presidential election. However, the Gou-Lai ticket failed to register for the race, leading many online users in Taiwan to describe Lai as the biggest loser in the electoral contest. Chiang highlighted that many elderly Americans choose to return to Taiwan for superior elderly care and more familial support, as incapacitated seniors in the U.S. often do not survive beyond three years. He characterized Taiwan as ＂a paradise for the elderly, a promised land for retirement,＂ promoting the country as an ideal place for a comfortable and supported aging experience. Chiang questioned the significance of retaining U.S. citizenship once one’s children are independent, suggesting that Lai may not have lost much by forfeiting her American nationality.
Ko blames KMT for failed alliance, eyes strong opposition
Ko Wen-je, the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate, criticized the Kuomintang (KMT) for prioritizing the presidency and failing to consider alternative options. He expressed his willingness to compromise but emphasized the need for a strong alliance among opposition parties. Ko cited an experts’ meeting that favored his ticket over the KMT’s. He accused the KMT of misrepresenting his intentions and failing to reflect public opinion. Despite the temporary split between the KMT and TPP, Ko remains confident that the 2024 political turnover can be achieved. He thanked Terry Gou for withdrawing from the presidential race and acknowledged his running mate Cynthia Wu’s commitment to charitable work. Ko pledged to stay steadfast in the face of challenges and believed in the power of the people to deepen democratic reform.
Terry Gou’s election exit eases Foxconn, Apple Inc. concerns
Foxconn founder Terry Gou has stepped out of the election race, potentially benefiting the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and providing relief to both Foxconn and Apple Inc. Gou’s withdrawal has reassured Foxconn’s leadership team, while his potential candidacy was seen as potentially complicating matters for Apple. Gou and actress Tammy Lai had secured the necessary endorsements to qualify for the race but faced allegations of bribery and data-buying during the campaign. After failed collaborations between the Kuomintang (KMT) and Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), Gou chose to withdraw, stating it was for the future of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and to facilitate a political power transition. Gou’s previous poll support was below 10 percent, and concerns had arisen regarding Foxconn’s operations in China, though the Chinese government imposed only a minor penalty, easing concerns within Foxconn.
Terry Gou supporters shocked, disappointed by withdrawal
Foxconn founder Terry Gou has withdrawn from the race for the 2024 Taiwan presidential election, surprising his supporters. Gou had previously secured enough signatures to make a bid for the presidency. The announcement came just as the registration for the presidential and legislative elections closed. Despite expressing disappointment, supporters respected Gou’s decision for the greater good. Gou’s withdrawal followed a request from Taiwan People’s Party candidate Ko Wen-je, which caused discontent among his supporters. Gou had campaigned in Chiayi City, where he had support from the ＂Friends of A-Ming＂ group. The group had successfully reached the petition threshold, but were not forewarned about Gou’s decision. In his withdrawal statement, Gou emphasized his unwavering spirit on the global business stage and his love for Taiwan’s people. He highlighted the importance of victory and regime change for Taiwan, stating that an unwillingness to compromise is unacceptable for those seeking political turnover.
’Gou-Lai ticket’ ends bid, aiming to unify Taiwan further
Independent candidate Terry Gou and running mate Lai Pei-hsia have withdrawn from the 2024 presidential race, expressing gratitude to supporters and emphasizing their commitment to unifying Taiwan and improving living standards. Lai’s heartfelt message conveyed disappointment over failed attempts to unify opposition parties, highlighting their dedication to the Republic of China. Lai praised Gou’s vision and affirmed her determination to protect the nation. The withdrawal occurred on the deadline for registration, leaving the race between Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party, Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People’s Party, and Hou Yu-ih from the Kuomintang, setting the stage for a three-cornered fight in the upcoming elections.
KMT candidate Hou exposes Ko’s message on Gou’s race exit
During a three-way election talk in Taipei, Kuomintang presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih revealed a private message sent by independent candidate Ko Wen-je, implying that Terry Gou, another independent candidate, needs a reason to withdraw from the race. The gathering, attended by Gou, Hou, Ko, former president Ma Ying-jeou, and KMT chairman Eric Chu, has been seen as a classic pre-election scene. Hou accidentally disclosed Ko’s comments about Gou needing an excuse to step down. Ko had intended to hold a meeting among the three parties to demonstrate their commitment to Taiwan’s future. By giving Gou a chance to host the meeting and act as a driving force behind the KMT-TPP ticket, Ko believed Gou could withdraw from the race without embarrassment. Gou was reportedly shocked by this revelation, as he was unaware of the messages exchanged. Wu Tzu-chia, president of Formosa Online, commented on the incident, highlighting Gou’s surprise and his initial intention to promote opposition unity. However, Ko’s reaction to the leaked message was ironic, as he criticized Hou and exposed his own pretense, adding further controversy to the already heated election atmosphere.
Lai Pei-hsia has no plans to reapply for U.S. citizenship
Terry Gou’s running mate, Lai Pei-hsia, has no plans to reapply for U.S. citizenship, according to Gou’s campaign spokesperson. Press asked about Lai’s U.S. tax records, but it was deemed a private matter. Terry Gou announced his withdrawal from the presidential race through a statement image file, without further elaboration. Lai had previously renounced her U.S. citizenship to run for office alongside Gou.
Hou Yu-ih rallies party for 2024 election win
Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih vows to assemble a strong team for the 2024 elections, including 15 mayors, legislators, and village chiefs. The KMT aims to restore stability and prosperity amid concerns over national security and public demands for change. A meeting between Hou, Terry Gou, and Ko Wen-je to discuss opposition consolidation ends without agreement. KMT chairman Eric Chu shows support as the party’s at-large legislative candidates register with the Central Election Commission. Former Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu calls for KMT legislators to address the nation’s needs, question policies, and fight against corruption.
Oppostion parties to meet at Grand Hyatt for collab talks
Presidential candidate Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) is scheduled to meet with his Kuomintang (KMT) rivals Hou Yu-ih and independent candidate Terry Gou at the Grand Hyatt Hotel after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 23). Initially, Gou wanted to host the talks at his residence but later agreed to change the venue to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. On the other hand, Hou insisted that the meeting should take place at former President Ma Ying-jeou’s office. Huang Shih-hsiu, the spokesperson for Gou’s office, stated that they would wait at the Grand Hyatt Hotel until a representative from Hou’s campaign arrived or until 5 a.m. the next morning. Ma Ying-jeou will be attending the talks as a witness, suggesting the significance of this meeting among the leading presidential contenders. The meet-up indicates a strategic discussion as Taiwan prepares for its next presidential election, with each candidate aiming to consolidate support and potentially discuss alliance formations that could impact the dynamics of the upcoming race.
Terry Gou willing to contribute to KMT, TPP tripartite talks
Taiwan’s independent presidential candidate Terry Gou has expressed his willingness to serve as a mediator in tripartite talks between the Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), and himself. This announcement follows TPP presidential candidate Ko Wen-je’s proposal for a meeting with KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih and a subsequent decision to hold a meeting at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Gou, who is running independently, aims to achieve a ＂peaceful, prosperous, and clean＂ vision of governance and believes that unity among opposition forces is vital to challenge the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). He emphasizes that the upcoming 2024 presidential election is crucial for the future development of Taiwan and proposes the formation of a coalition government to propel national development and reshape the political landscape.