On the cutting edge of campaigning

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am

Getting up close and personal in her campaign for re-election as one of Taichung city's national legislators took on a dangerous edge for the People First Party's Shen Chih-hui.

On October 29, the four-term lawmaker was stabbed repeatedly as she shook hands with residents during a campaign stop.

The wounds, although they were only 1.5cm deep, put Ms Shen in a hospital emergency room for days, with the incident making the island's top news story for the week.

The culprit, a 78-year-old man, claimed he lost more than NT$3 million ($726,850) in a shady investment scheme in 1989 and had asked Ms Shen to help investigate the case for years, without getting any response.

Apparently, the man thought trying to kill her was the best way to get some attention.

The effort seemed to work. While lying in her hospital bed after the stabbing, Ms Shen said she recalled the case and pledged to step up efforts to get the government to crack down on investment fraud.

Polls show the 47-year-old Ms Shen is likely be re-elected to a fifth consecutive term on Saturday.