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The windier it is, the more determined I am to go on

15/01/2012

I started blogging not long after the DPP lost the presidential election in 2008. I did it because I was worried that it would become increasingly difficult for the Taiwanese to be heard as freedom in Taiwan and the sovereignty of Taiwan gradually disappear. Over the past 3.5 years, what I worried would happen happened. I did hope that Tsai would win and make some changes but she didn’t.

Last night (14th Jan), a number of people phoned into the Talking Show and talked about possible vote rigging or at the very least poor vote counting practice in their local polling stations. Bear in mind that most of the polling and count staff are KMTers or KMT supporters.

An observer said that he had arrived 4pm sharp to observe the vote counting but no one was allowed in for 15 minutes and no one knew what was going on inside. This is illegal but when he questioned it, a police man came to keep him outside.

Some said that they had witnessed the staff in their local stations being very quick to rule papers not clearly marked between DPP or KMT as a vote for KMT.

An officer was caught to rule an ambiguous one invalid when it was supposed to be counted as a valid one for the DPP legislative candidate. When challenged, all the staff ganged up on the observer who caught them red handed. Luckily, the observer refused to budge and insisted that they consult the guidelines and physically turn to the page with that particular rule in.

A woman said that she went to observe but got ordered around by the officer as if she was an assistant. She did not get to observe at all. She did not argue at the time because she did not know the rules or what to expect. She wished that she had been given more information beforehand.

The above stories do make people wonder the fairness of this election. I am not suggesting that the results would have been different if the above did not happen. The point is that they shouldn’t happen. The margin by which one loses matters as well. More importantly, everyone who has made the effort to vote deserves to have their ballot paper handled properly.

There was a song written in Taiwanese by A-hsiang (阿翔) for Frank Hsieh when he lost the 2008 presidential election. The title could translated as ‘the windier it is, the more determined I am to go on’ (風越大, 我越要走). This title was taken from the poetry Hsieh quoted in his first public speech after the 2008 legislative election. Between 2007 and 2008, Hsieh was fighting an uphill battle with a lot of backstabbing and antagonism from within the party. A lot of supporters not only wanted the DPP to win but also really felt for him personally. I guess the writer was one of them. Although Tsai Ing-wen did not meet with the same kind of hostility during this election, she had to dealt with a lot as well. Anyway, it says:

Let’s hold each other’s hand and keep going.
We have lost but are not afraid.
God has seen our hard work.
One day, our children will know that Taiwan is our name.
Oh~  The windier it is, the more determined I am to go on,
regardless of any difficulty or suffering ahead.
The windier it is, the more determined I am to go on.
Wipe away those tears.
Falling down is no big deal
because we are the proud sweet potatoes*
* meaning Taiwanese

Where is Taiwan going from here? Where is DPP going from here? Will more DPP seats make a difference? Will freedom and human rights continue to disappear? We’ll see…

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    15/01/2012 05:23

    I wonder about vote-rigging as well. Like you, I’m not suggesting that a majority of Taiwanese did in fact not vote for Ma, but I’ve been too familiar with KMT methods and tactics (Taiwanese call it “au-po”) over the past several decades not to put it past them.

    • Claudia Jean permalink*
      15/01/2012 05:54

      Indeed, the KMT did it in the past, so can’t really blame anyone for wondering about it. The Taiwanese have to think of ways to deal with this.

  2. 15/01/2012 10:38

    Keep blogging and never give up. I think it is important for the DPP and others to work even harder to be the best opposition possible and keep the KMT in check.

    • Claudia Jean permalink*
      15/01/2012 20:16

      Thanks for your support and encouragement :) Blogs such as yours, Michael’s, Tim’s… gave me the inspiration to start. I’ll definitely carry on.

  3. Gin Shia permalink
    15/01/2012 13:46

    蔡英文敗選是一個謎,民進黨內小英幕僚及支持小英的選可形成「小英連線」通訊報來和蔡英文對話,把支持者心聲和對某些事情的質疑與建議告訴她,讓小英更廣泛聽到支持者不同的觀察。

    在黑雨網站上,有很多對於台南、高雄、屏東、桃園、、輔選不力的觀察,也讓人質疑立委選票多於總統選票,是否「分裂投票」?怎會如此?難道是總統選馬英九?立委選民進黨?

    這樣的情形,是否應該讓當地當選立委出來解釋?

    最主要的是國民黨做票、買票、策反這種檯面下的動作“、還有民進黨這次似乎沒有派監票員去現場監看,黑雨網站有甚多疑問,整個民進黨輔選系統應該出來解釋。

    請參閱黑雨網站

    http://blackrain.skycity.cc/

    __________

    • Claudia Jean permalink*
      15/01/2012 20:24

      About the split in support for presidential and legislative candidates, it is possible that legislative candidates did not campaign hard enough for Tsai but it may also reflect the fact that some people trust the DPP to keep the government in check but don’t trust the DPP enough as a ruling party.

  4. Gin Shia permalink
    15/01/2012 14:20

    【民進黨這次難道沒有全面派監票人員嗎?】+1

    ***今晚的大話有好幾通扣應觀眾都針對選務人員的“怪行為”有反應:
    1.選務人員在認定是否是“廢票”時,居然是選務人員集體用舉手表決來決定,而不是根據中選會的規定。

    2.在一開始警察竟然阻止監票員入內約十分鐘後才放行。

    3.更離譜的是指派監票員選務工作,讓監票員無法專心監票。

    種種怪異現象,以往歷次選舉從未有監票員如此反應過。而且扣應進去的那些監票員幾乎都是熱心的一般民眾,非民進黨指派的。

    另外有人反應:有些投票所會大排長龍是簽票亭三座改成兩座使然。
    ______________

    民進黨有足夠人力資源監票?
    ____

    G回應 2012大選「選前之夜」與「投票、開票」留言板
    2012-01-15 04:14:56 [回應連結]

    高雄有執政優勢,感覺陳菊系統並沒有像陳菊競選市長那樣打拼,差很多。台南頼清德,許添財和陳唐山一邊一國也是各自為政,袖手旁觀除造勢掃街外袖手旁觀的多。屏東蘇貞昌搞分裂,新北市林錫耀無為而治。新系吳乃仁是否真正助選看不懂。夠了。

    _________

    都華 回應 2012大選「選前之夜」與「投票、開票」留言板
    2012-01-15 04:11:46 [回應連結]

    沉默共業的代價大大:
    我完全同意您的看法。身為小老百姓的我們,無法知道所有投票人的清冊,也無法知道投票所裡,在怎樣的situation裡,是否出現了動手腳的機會。
    我有朋友在開票前,他就說如果他是金,他就會讓藍贏的票數是八十萬票,讓綠的沒有辦法講話,五都選舉的那顆子彈,怎麼想都覺得不對勁!
    這是場完全不對等的選舉,不光是民進黨財力與國民黨之懸殊,更有掌握選務系統是「誰」的不平等。
    如果可以動用國家機器去「監視」在野黨候選人,還有什麼事情是用「國家機器」沒有辦法做的嗎?
    _______

    以上黑雨網站上的發言可以好好蒐集成冊,送給小英當做民間情報,讓她思考這些「敗選因素」如何在2016年大選一一破解,確保當選成真。

    摘自
    http://blackrain.skycity.cc/重要新聞2#comment-110324

  5. Gin Shia permalink
    15/01/2012 17:04

    小英連線立刻可行,建議如下!

    以行動支持小英再起

    http://iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/IService2/ViewContent.php?newsNo=554381

    小英連線獨立於民進黨之外,是支持小英的獨立組織。
    連線成員為小英之友為骨幹,外加社會大眾、和藍營支持小英者
    以小單張文案或電子通訊當作小英連線連絡通道

    ●各地方,各縣市,各據點若有熱心成員願當聯絡站長,
    可聚攏當地小英支持者定期喝咖啡聊天,給小英一些觀察和建議,
    由站長整理在會刊發表。

    ●各站長以縣市站長為一個團隊,縣市站長們又有一個餐會,
    例如一個月一次早餐會,交換資訊,同樣縣站長和市站長也整理資訊在小英之友會刊發表。

    ●如果可能,每三個月或半年,全國總站長集合和小英會面,
    簡單餐會或咖啡聚會,這樣來凝聚小英向心力,
    而且認識全國各地能轉化成2016年輔選小英當總統的基層力量。( 與民進黨輔選人員相扶相成)。

    簡單建議,若可行,請發表留言來附和。

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