Presidential hopeful says any display of arrogance could prove disastrous Taiwan's Kuomintang presidential candidate, Ma Ying-jeou, remained cautious yesterday, concerned about projecting an image of humility despite his party's overwhelming victory in weekend elections. After visiting late president Chiang Ching-kuo's mausoleum and vowing to lead the party into a new era with a new image, he said: 'There is no time for celebration. Being the majority in the legislature, we must be even more humble.' The KMT took 81 of 113 seats in the legislature in crucial polls seen as a bellwether for presidential elections in two months. Pundits said the victory would boost Mr Ma's campaign for the presidency against his ruling Democratic Progressive Party opponent, Frank Hsieh Chang-ting, because the KMT won most of the 75 constituencies, including a major DPP stronghold in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. But Mr Ma said any display of arrogance by the KMT could prove disastrous. 'Power will corrupt people and absolute power corrupts absolutely,' he said. 'We must remain humble, self-reflective and refrain from abusing or misusing power.' Mr Ma added that he would not rest in his fight to ensure the KMT did not repeat mistakes of the past. Analysts said Mr Ma was aware that a landslide victory in the legislative polls did not necessarily guarantee the presidency, especially as the KMT had now become the absolute majority in the lawmaking body. One mistake could cost him the race. 'There is still a chance for the DPP if it can regroup and reform itself, giving new policies and new visions to restore public credibility,' said analyst Raymond Wu Rui-kuo, a law professor at Fu Jen Catholic University. He said although it would be an uphill battle for Mr Hsieh, a regrouped DPP would help him rally supporters, especially when the ruling party still had nearly 37 per cent support. Although the DPP won just 27 seats in the legislature, it received 36.9 per cent of the votes, slightly up from 35.8 per cent in 2004. Dr Wu warned any wrong move could see Mr Ma defeated. Meanwhile, major players in the KMT have been fighting over the post of vice-speaker in the legislature. While there is little objection to incumbent speaker Wang Jin-pyng remaining in the post, several party heavyweights, including secretary general Wu Den-yih and senior legislator Hung Hsiu-chu, have been vying for the deputy's position. 'This will only serve to create a bad image of the KMT, reminding voters of its notorious past,' warned George Tsai Wei, a political scientist at Chinese Cultural University. Analysts said because some Taiwanese voters might be worried about an absolute KMT majority in government - with minimal checks and balances - they could be scared into voting for the DPP. Educated voters in particular could baulk at KMT control of both the presidency and legislature. Hung Yu-hung, of Yangming University, said elections for the legislature and president were not the same, and presupposing a presidential win from victory in polls for the legislature would be a mistake. 'More than 2.7 million DPP supporters did not vote in the legislative elections, but they might show up to vote in the presidential election.' About 6.47 million votes won the 2004 presidential elections for the DPP. This weekend, only 3.6 million DPP supporters voted. Last night Mr Hsieh, with his running mate, Su Tseng-chang, sought forgiveness from 10,000 supporters in a rally in Kaohsiung and vowed to reform the party.