I’d love to know what the local and foreign community feel about him.
My overriding memory of him was in 2000 when the DPP won the Presidentcy for the first time. Before Chen Sui-Bien and Shih Ming-teh went out to the public, they spoke to the foreign media. Shih Ming-teh spoke first. It was a beautiful speech talking about how Taiwan can now believe in having a new way of life: Clean water, clean streets, clean government…it came accross as a beautiful speech in Translation.
Then Chen spoke and it was a total contrast to Shih Ming-teh. There was no vision at all in his speech. I just remember agreeing with those around me that maybe Taiwan has just elected the wrong person. Does anyone remember this?
Everything I have ever heard from Shih Ming-teh has been very positive. He has an almost Nelson Mandela/Vaclav Havel (The first Czech president after communism) feel to him. A confident- I have a vision -feel to himself.
It is very interesting that Shih Ming-teh spent 25 years in prison for what he believed in and Nelson Mandela spent 27.
I can’t help feeling maybe Taiwan would be on as a good a road as The Czech Republic or Estonia (Who also had a strong-convinced to do the right thing president - in the beginning of its democracy) if Shih Ming-teh would have been chosen in 2000 rather the Chen Sui-Bien.