l Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou concluded a largely successful diplomatic trip to Africa in mid-April. Upon his return, however, Ma found himself under increasing pressure over his handling of the recent fuel price hike and a planned electricity rate increase by mid-May.
l Consequently Ma’s job-approval rating has been steadily declining in recent weeks, with rising public concerns over his abilities to lead and govern effectively.
l Many in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) claimed these decisions and their likely impacted on people’s livelihood reflected Ma's “detachment and aloofness" from ordinary people. Some also criticized the administration for failing to offer complementary measures to reduce the expected adverse effects and accused the government for being irresponsible.
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