EasyCard CEOs set to have NT$5 mil. salaries reduced
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen- je ( ) yesterday said that the two CEOs of the EasyCard Corporation must receive pay cuts due to their unreasonably high annual salaries.
During a recent meeting between Ko and Kuomintang Taipei City Councilor Hsu Hungting ( ) , Hsu proposed a question to the mayor, asking why the EasyCard Corporation now has two heads when there has always been only one.
Reportedly, Ko had no idea that the company currently has two CEOs, and was unable to answer Hsu’s question. The mayor also allegedly ordered the city’s Department of Transportation and the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation to submit individual reports regarding the matter.
Yesterday, prior to attending his ninth routine Taipei Mayor and Borough Chief Municipal Forum ( ), the mayor responded to media questions concerning the number of CEOs the EasyCard company has.
Ko said that traditionally, all of the company’s businesses were headed by only one individual. The mayor said that he will soon invite EasyCard Chairmen Kenneth Lin ( ) and Tai Chi- chuan ( ) , who both in actuality lead two different EasyCard business companies under one entity, to explain the reason and necessity of having two CEOs.
On the issue of each one of the heads receiving an annual salary of NT$ 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
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.