President Lee hopes Kuomintang candidates can ride to victory on his flashy slogan of the 'New Taiwanese'. A party strategist said the aim of the remaining days of the campaign, particularly for Taipei mayoral candidate Mr Ma, would be focused on Mr Lee's appeal for unity. The 'Lee Teng-hui card' might influence the estimated 20 per cent of undecided voters, who hold the key to the mayoral and parliamentary contests, said the strategist. Island commentators said the 'New Taiwanese' referred to modern-minded residents who could transcend the divisions and rivalries between 'mainlanders' and 'native Taiwanese'. One of the campaign strategies of the Mayor, Mr Chen, a native Taiwanese, is to appeal to natives' distrust of mainland-born candidates such as Mr Ma. In a campaign appearance for Mr Ma on Tuesday, Mr Lee, a native Taiwanese, coined the slogan: 'Obliterate the syndrome of ethnic groupings - smash the appeal of [native-Taiwanese] pathos'. 'Native-Taiwanese pathos' is a reference to the sentiment that 'locals' on the island have, for generations, been suppressed by mainland politicians and soldiers. Campaigning in Taipei yesterday, Mr Ma played up his bonds with Mr Lee, despite the two belonging to different KMT factions. Mr Lee's support for Mr Ma had been tepid at the beginning of the campaign. Mr Ma's aides repeated the Harvard-educated candidate's surprising profession of allegiance to Mr Lee on Tuesday. Then, he said: 'I stick to President Lee Teng-hui's broad avenue of democracy and reform.' There is evidence that individual candidates belonging to the pro-unification New Party might make a 'self-sacrifice' to thwart the pro-independence DPP. Wu Jiann-kuo, the New Party candidate for Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city, said: 'Our success need not depend on me.' His cryptic remark was interpreted as a call on voters to cast their votes for popular Kuomintang candidate Wu Den-yih to ensure the defeat of DPP stalwart Frank Hsieh. However, the New Party candidate for Taipei, Wang Chien-shien, denied he or his colleagues were withdrawing from the race.