Frank Hsieh warns island must unite 'or lose everything' Taiwanese Premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting yesterday urged the opposition to reconsider its plan to hold a massive march next Saturday, to avoid creating further tension after the expected enactment of the mainland's anti-secession law. He was speaking after the main opposition Kuomintang announced it would gather 50,000 to 100,000 people to march in Taipei to mark the first anniversary of the March 19, 2004, shooting of President Chen Shui-bian. 'Don't take to the streets to try to resolve the issue, as it would not help reveal the truth,' said Mr Hsieh during a session of the legislature in Taipei. Mr Chen's opposition challenger in last year's poll, Lien Chan, has claimed the election-eve shooting helped Mr Chen attract a sympathy vote. Mr Chen won the March 20 presidential poll by a wafer-thin margin. Taiwanese police recently said the man accused of shooting the president, Chen Yi-hsiung, the former director of a local wrestling association, blamed President Chen for causing economic woes. In frustration, he bought a homemade gun to shoot the president and his running mate, Vice-President Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, during campaigning in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on March 19. However, the development was questioned by the opposition and some media outlets, including The New York Times, which said it sounded like a cheap detective story. Mr Hsieh said Taiwan was 'facing serious threats at the moment' and all residents must unite or 'stand to lose everything'. He said he could understand why some people were suspicious about the police's claim, but it was more important for people living in a developed society to respect the 'facts', rather than their own views. Asked about the Times' comments, Mr Hsieh said he would ask the relevant government agency to seek a correction from the paper.