aiwanese politician James Soong has decided to make another hopeless run for the presidency after being encouraged to do so by none other than the “Father of the Nation” in a dream he had.
In an interview on Wednesday, Soong told reporters about the dream in which Sun Yat-sen expressed support for his candidacy and said the following sentence: “The revolution has not been achieved. James, there is still hard work to be done.”
A revolutionary from Guangdong province, Sun Yat-sen is claimed as a father figure by both sides of the strait. He served briefly as the first president of the Republic of China following the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and founded the Kuomintang (KMT), but died in 1925, shortly before the party gained control of most of the country.
At the end of the Chinese Civil War, the KMT fled to the island of Taiwan which it ruled as a one-party authoritarian state for decades until gradually opening up to democracy by the 1990s.
James Soong was a popular and powerful KMT politician until he lost the party presidential nomination in 2000 to Lien Chan, causing him to run as an independent. Soong nearly won the election, getting 36.8 percent of the vote. However, his presence split the KMT vote, helping Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Chen Shui-bian to emerge victorious.
In 2004, Soong ran as the KMT Vice Presidential candidate under Lien but the ticket ended up losing again to Chen, this time by just 0.22 percent.
Soong returned to the presidential race in 2012 as the candidate of his own People First Party (PFP). He got just 2.77 percent of the vote. In 2016, that went up to 12.84 percent. On November 13, 2019, he announced that he would be running once again.
He isn’t the first Taiwanese politician to take inspiration from his dreams. Earlier this year, Foxconn boss Terry Gou made a run at the KMT nomination after he says that the sea goddess Matsu (Mazu) came to him in a dream and told him to help Taiwan’s young people and support peace across the strait.