Can you trust Ma Ying-jeou's abilities?





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Uploaded on Mar 7, 2008

During the time when Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) -- the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) candidate in Taiwan's 2008 presidential election -- was mayor of Taipei, some incredibly bad things happened. Yet Ma counts many of these things among his "achievements."

Among them are the handling of the aftermath of Typhoon Nari and the complete failure of the rebuilt Jiancheng Circle Market. (Not surprising for someone who graduated from Harvard's law school but never passed the bar exam.) Jiancheng Circle was Taipei's oldest night market.

This commercial by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislative Caucus also shows the emptiness that remained after Ma's government "renovated" the Longshan Temple Underground Mall and Ximen Market.

At the end of the commercial, you can hear Ma's voice saying, "We should elect a president who can get things done, one who can help the economy improve." The onscreen text reads, "Do you believe in Ma Ying-jeou's 'abilities'?"

More info:
Taipei loses appetite for historic Jiancheng market
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Taipei's oldest food market, the Jiancheng Circle (建成圓環), enters the history books today after a massive renovation project by the Taipei City Government failed to revive the market's fortunes.

The city spent more than NT$200 million (US$6.17 million) to turn the market into a modern, two-story building housing 25 food booths and a performing arts center. But it finally conceded that the project was a failure.

The market failed to regain its competitiveness because of the building's design and problems with vendors, the Taipei City Markets Administration Office said yesterday in a written statement.

The Jiancheng Circle, located at the intersection of Chongqing N Rd and Nanjing W Rd, was once a city landmark. At its peak during the 1960s and 1970s, there were about 200 booths selling such popular snacks such as glutinous rice dumplings and oyster omelettes. But devastating fires in 1993 and 1999 contributed to the market's decline.

In 2001, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) made the reconstruction of the circle one of the mainstays of his bid to revitalize the city's older districts.
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Shop owners question new Guanghua's attractiveness
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It wasn't until the Taipei City Government demolished the Guanghua bridge and the old market last year with plans to relocate the stores that vendors began to worry that the new modern shopping mall will scare shoppers away and make Guanghua the next Jiancheng Circle -- Taipei's oldest night market that was forced to shut down this July after the city government's reconstruction project failed to attract crowds.
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Ma Ying-jeou: how did he do in office?
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Jiancheng Circle, the city's oldest night market, was forced to shut down in July after a NT$200 million (US$6.17 million) project to turn the market into a modern, two-story building housing 25 food booths failed to revive it.

The Longshan Temple Underground Mall and Ximen Market shared similar fates, as the renovation projects only expedited the decline of business in the area.

Huang Rei-mao (黃瑞茂), a professor of architecture at Tamkang University, said Ma's urban renewal plan failed to understand the average person's needs, and did not take historical, cultural and emotional aspects of locations into consideration when setting up the projects.
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For some contrast, take a look at what Frank Hsieh (who actually *passed* the bar exam) was able to get done while he was mayor of Kaohsiung:

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