Ko de­liv­ers 1st city re­port to Taipei Coun­cil

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

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yes­ter­day de­liv­ered his first mu­nic­i­pal re­port to the Taipei City Coun­cil, dur­ing which Kuom­intang ( KMT) coun­cilors re­jected the mayor’s re­port in uni­son, while Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) coun­cilors de­fended Ko.

Yes­ter­day not only marked Ko’s first mu­nic­i­pal re­port since he took of­fice as mayor, it was also the first rou­tine gen­eral as­sem­bly of the coun­cil’s 12th ses­sion. Be­fore the as­sem­bly, the mayor was seen around the coun­cil hall ob­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, as well as be­ing in­volved in dis­cus­sions with his sub­or­di­nates in prepa­ra­tion for his up­com­ing re­port.

Dur­ing the as­sem­bly, Ko de­liv­ered his re­port, ti­tled “A Bet­ter Taipei.” The re­port mainly ad­dressed the idea that the mayor’s Taipei City Gov­ern­ment is an open gov­ern­ment, which seeks trans­parency and power for all.

The re­port also in­di­cated that in the spirit on an open gov­ern­ment, ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions were de­cided though i-vot­ing with the gen­eral public ac­tively in­volved. Ko also talked about the estab­lish­ment of the Taipei City In­de­pen­dent Com­mit­tee Against Cor­rup­tion (

).

KMT and DPP Coun­cilors Hold

Dif­fer­ent Po­si­tions

Prior to Ko’s re­port, KMT city coun­cilors had openly stated unan­i­mously that the rul­ing party would not let Ko off eas­ily, and that they will boy­cott the mayor dur­ing the as­sem­bly.

Keep­ing true to their public an­nounce­ment, KMT coun­cilors were seen car­ry­ing large ban­ners be­fore the as­sem­bly was called to or­der. The signs said things such as “Em­peror of Tyranny,” “With­drawal of Re­port” and “Mis­s­peak­ing Mayor.” KMT Coun­cilor Li-Keng Kuei-Fong ( ) went as far as hold­ing a poster that in­di­cated Ko is not only un­rea­son­able and harsh, he is also sex­ist.

While the rul­ing party was seen as giv­ing Ko a neg­a­tive wel­come, DPP city coun­cilors were more sup­port­ive to­ward the mayor. Coun­cilors Liu Yao-jen ( ) and Lin Shih-tsung ( ) were seen ap­proach­ing Ko to pro­vide him with tips and point­ers be­fore the he took the podium.

Fol­low­ing Ko’s re­port, Coun­cilor Tai Hsi-chin ( ) was the first rul­ing party mem­ber to of­fi­cially speak out against the mayor dur­ing a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion. Tai said that he was very dis­ap­pointed with Ko’s mu­nic­i­pal re­port, say­ing the en­tire pa­per was pla­gia­rized from the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin ( ). Tai went on to say, how­ever, that the re­port was filled with lies, which is an act of contempt from Ko to­ward the Taipei City Coun­cil.

The KMT coun­cilor’s com­ments sparked ob­jec­tions from Lin, which led to a heated con­fronta­tion be­tween the KMT and the DPP. In re­sponse to the dis­putes, Taipei Coun­cil Speaker Wu Pi-chu (

) called for the as­sem­bly to take a brief break.

DPP Taipei City Coun­cilor Wang Shih-chien ( ) was the first coun­cilor to speak af­ter the break, and went on to ad­dress the ob­vi­ous ten­sion in the coun­cil. Wang said that Ko is new to the job, and im­plored the coun­cil to be more le­nient to­ward the new mayor.

Wang later en­cour­age Ko to do more and speak less, as well as to make sure that he will truly do what he says.

CNA

KMT coun­cilors carry large ban­ners with Chi­nese writ­ings to boy­cott the first mu­nic­i­pal re­port of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (

), bot­tom right. Prior to Ko’s re­port, KMT city coun­cilors had openly stated unan­i­mously that the rul­ing party would not let Ko off eas­ily, and that they will boy­cott the mayor dur­ing the as­sem­bly.

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