Ko delivers 1st city report to Taipei Council
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
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.
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.