Taiwan Church News
November 17 - 23, 2014
"Clean Election Blesses Our Children!", PCT Urges Anti Vote-Buying On November 29 2014
Reported by Lin Yi-yin
November 29 2014 will be Taiwan's nine-in-one super-election date for kinds of local government officials, including all municipal mayors, county magistrates, city mayors, municipal, county and city councilmen, township chiefs, ward chiefs, and aboriginal district chiefs.
PCT General Assembly, therefore, promotes the movement of "2014 Clean Election" from June 23 to November 29; offers three kinds of sticker in slogan - Clean Election Blesses Our Children, which are available free at PCT General Assembly Office at Taipei, PCT Mission Center in Kaohsiung and Taiwan Church Press in Tainan; organizes various seminars for clean election around the island, upholding the biblical warning: "A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live"(Proverb 15:27), encouraging PCT members to support the campaign for Anti Vote-Buying.
Rev. Lo Ren-quei, Moderator of the 59th PCT General Assembly, emphasizes that Christians should live a holy life as God is holy. And if we Christians could practice the anti vote-buying in this super-election, this will be a witness to God's holiness and a true action of loving Taiwan. If our vote could be sold as cash, in a same logic, Taiwan could be traded into the hands of China in the future. Rev. Lo says, election is a good mechanism to choose the good and talented to serve people, so we Christians should insist this good mechanism deliver a holy and clean election. Such action, to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God, will definitely enable the distinguished and trustworthy candidates to stand out for the people, invite God's blessings to be with us and fulfill the honorable common community on this wonderful island.
Rev. Hwang Zhe-hong, Director of PCT Committee of Church and Society, talks in straight that the vote buying in Taiwan has never been really improved. As the impending nine-in-one super-election could become a giant supermarket for vote-buying and partisan-benefits-manipulating, Taiwanese voters have to stand fast for a clean election and reject the temptation of vote-buying. Otherwise, the bitter fruits will be hard to swallow.
Rev. Omi Wilang, Secretary of PCT Indigenous Ministry Committee, critiques that current tools of vote-buying has become pluralized, not limited to cash only, but including different kinds of promises about office entitlements, land transfer, resources exchange and complicated negotiations among the complex of industrial-bureaucratic-academic relationships. Therefore, Rev. Omi Wilang, as an aboriginal pastor, urges the indigenous peoples not to sell the soul and the future of our children for only few hundreds or thousands dollars. We have to refuse vote-buying resolutely!
Translated by Peter Wolfe
Ko Wen-je (center in white shirt), Taipei City Mayor Candidate, takes photographs with Taipei Parents Association to show their support for a clean election and a better Taipei City.
Photo by Lin Yi-yin