Terry Gou might make presidential bid

@ 2019/04/17
Wants to run a bigger zoo

The bloke who once described his staff as animals and himself as a head zoo-keeper thinks he has the political skills to become Taiwan’s president.

Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou he is considering whether to run for Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election, the day the tycoon announced plans to step down from the world’s largest contract manufacturer.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Taipei, Gou declined to say which party he could represent, although any bid could shake up the political playing field at a time of heightened tensions between the self-ruled island and Beijing.

If it was the opposition, China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT), he would “go” with the standard procedures of the party, Gou said, adding he would make that decision “as soon as possible”.

“I didn’t sleep last night ... 2020 is key for Taiwan. The reason for the tense situation (with China) is because it’s a turning point for Taiwan’s direction for politics, economy, defence for the next 20 years”, Gou said.

“So I asked myself the whole night ... I need to ask myself what I can do. What I can do for the youth? ... The next 20 years will decide their fate”, he said, his eyes welling up with tears at times.

The KMT said Gou had been a party member for more than 50 years and had given it an interest-free loan of T$45 million ($1.5 million) in 2016 under the name of his mother, a move that signalled his “loyalty” to the party.

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