Easy­Card CEOs set to have NT$5 mil. salaries re­duced

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen- je ( ) yes­ter­day said that the two CEOs of the Easy­Card Cor­po­ra­tion must re­ceive pay cuts due to their un­rea­son­ably high an­nual salaries.

Dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing be­tween Ko and Kuom­intang Taipei City Coun­cilor Hsu Hungt­ing ( ) , Hsu pro­posed a ques­tion to the mayor, ask­ing why the Easy­Card Cor­po­ra­tion now has two heads when there has al­ways been only one.

Re­port­edly, Ko had no idea that the com­pany cur­rently has two CEOs, and was un­able to an­swer Hsu’s ques­tion. The mayor also al­legedly or­dered the city’s Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and the Taipei Rapid Tran­sit Cor­po­ra­tion to sub­mit in­di­vid­ual re­ports re­gard­ing the mat­ter.

Yes­ter­day, prior to at­tend­ing his ninth rou­tine Taipei Mayor and Bor­ough Chief Mu­nic­i­pal Fo­rum ( ), the mayor re­sponded to me­dia ques­tions con­cern­ing the num­ber of CEOs the Easy­Card com­pany has.

Ko said that tra­di­tion­ally, all of the com­pany’s busi­nesses were headed by only one in­di­vid­ual. The mayor said that he will soon in­vite Easy­Card Chair­men Ken­neth Lin ( ) and Tai Chi- chuan ( ) , who both in ac­tu­al­ity lead two dif­fer­ent Easy­Card busi­ness com­pa­nies un­der one en­tity, to ex­plain the rea­son and ne­ces­sity of hav­ing two CEOs.

On the is­sue of each one of the heads re­ceiv­ing an an­nual salary of NT$ 5 mil­lion, Ko said he feels that the num­ber is very high, and was quoted as say­ing, “Not even the mayor gets paid that much.”

No More Il­le­gal Con­struc­tion

Ex­ten­sions: Ko

Dur­ing the Taipei Mayor and Bor­ough Chief Mu­nic­i­pal Fo­rum, Ko de­manded that there should be no more il­le­gal con­struc­tion ex­ten­sions found within the vicin­ity of Taipei City.

The re­quest was brought fol­low­ing a propo­si­tion from Cheng Yi Bor­ough Chief Wang Ming­ming ( ) to re­move il­le­gally con­structed shops on Nan­jing East Road. Af­ter hear­ing about the ex­is­tence of il­le­gal struc­tures, Ko or­dered an im­me­di­ate fol­low- up to the case, and de­manded that there can be no more il­le­gal ex­ten­sions dur­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ko also presided over the of- fi­cial open­ing of the Taipei City Joint Cen­ter for Project Con­tract Out­ing and Pur­chas­ing (

) . The depart­ment is of­fi­cially launched to­day to han­dle all city gov­ern­ment con­struc­tion deal­ings openly, so as to erad­i­cate cor­rupt prac­tices.

Ko also said that the cen­ter will be re­spon­si­ble for over 90 per­cent of the city gov­ern­ments’ la­bor and prop­erty pur­chases, as it will con­duct such busi­ness for all non­con­struc­tion- re­lated Taipei City Hall de­part­ments.

In re­lated news, the Taipei Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice pro­vided an in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sult yes­ter­day, declar­ing that the pros­e­cu­tors will not pur­sue the mayor’s for­mer elec­tion cam­paign staff mem­ber Peng Sheng- shao (

) in the wire­tap­ping case that tran­spired dur­ing Ko’s may­oral cam­paign.

How­ever, the pros­e­cu­tion has de­cided to charge pri­vate de­tec­tive, Lin Chun- hung ( ) , for bug­ging Ko’s cam­paign of­fice for per­sonal gain.


Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) speaks to the press yes­ter­day. Ko said that two CEOs of the Easy­Card com­pany must re­ceive pay cuts due to the high sum of their an­nual salary. Ko made the state­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence prior to at­tend­ing his ninth rou­tine Taipei Mayor and Bor­ough Chief Mu­nic­i­pal Fo­rum.

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