Because its safe and nobody “gets hurt.” We still have a generation that grew up during the white terror period and another that was told that the cops would take them away if they were not good. A lot of people “committed suicide,” disappeared or fell off of tall buildings for being too outpsoken just over 20+ years ago.
Taiwanese aren’t taught about their rights, duties and obligations as citizens. The ignorant are easier to rule. The guy, I help with English, doesn’t understand his country’s constitution nor remember it being taught in school. He actually studied it himself during university, but couldn’t comprehend it. Hence why a new constitution really appeals to the Taiwanese electorate. It’s embarrassing to them, especially when they see and meet foreigners that know so much about there own.
Another point, How do you get things done in Taiwan? When ministries will give conflicting answers even within their own departments/coworkers and political parties are more loyal to their parties/factions than constituents, you don’t need to be too bright to see that action will get you nowhere fast. Take a look on forumosa, even here we argue on how to get things done and we have the benefit of Hartzell, who I’m told is almost impossible to get a straight answer from.
Also it can be dangerous to be outspoken just from other groups. There’s a support group for people who have had family or friends killed by semi tracto trailers. Well the head of the group gets on TV and says that he wishes that they would slow down, drive carefully and be cognizant of their actions and consequences. Semi tractor trailer drivers are often in some gang(Some people refer to it loosely as a union). Well shortly afte he got on TV, his shop burned down. I’m sure Taiwan’s police investigated it to their usual standard procedures(Police: “Yes, your place did burn down, must of been an accident, no need to investigate or make a report.”)
Hope this helps,