President vows to continue pension reform push

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) pledged Sunday that she will continue to push for reforms to Taiwan's nearly bankrupt retirement pension system for the sake of the next generation, but admitted that she will face growing pressure from protesters against the reforms.

At a national youth policy forum, Tsai also mentioned a protest staged by retired military personnel, civil servants and public school teachers in Taipei a day earlier, saying that they have already expressed their views several times at weekly meetings of a pension reform committee under the Presidential Office.

Tsai said that while people have the right to protest and point out problems in public policies, the most important thing is for them to communicate with the government.

The president said the government is aiming to establish a sustainable pension system to ensure that retirees can be financially comfortable and have a good standard of living.

To protect the rights of citizens to retirement pensions, and make retirees less reliant on their children for care, Tsai said the government will continue with the reforms process.

In addition to pension reforms, Tsai said at the forum that she also wants to hear young people's ideas about other government policies, such as long-term care, industry innovation, and constitutional reform.

Noting that she is duty bound to solve all problems facing the country, Tsai said she will seek solutions to these problems by creating effective policies. She did not elaborate.

With daunting challenges facing the country amid rapid global changes, the government has a pressing need for coordinated efforts among the various government agencies and private enterprises to push forward such policies, she said, adding that "young people cannot be absolutely absent from the process."

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel