Ex-fi­nance chief de­bunks ‘se­cret’ Taipei Dome deals

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A for­mer chief of the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment’s Fi­nance Depart­ment yes­ter­day fired back at al­le­ga­tions that the ad­min­is­tra­tion of then- Mayor Ma Ying- jeou ben­e­fited Far­glory Con­struc­tion Co. in the bid­ding process for the Taipei Dome.

Lee Sush- der ( ), cur­rently chair­man of the Tai­wan Stock Ex­change, said in a state­ment that he and the city gov­ern­ment had con­ducted them­selves in ac­cor­dance to reg­u­la­tions in the han­dling of Taipei Dome talks dur­ing the ten­ure of for­mer Mayor Ma, now R. O. C. pres­i­dent.

There are no

“se­cret

deals” be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Far­glory as all terms con­cern­ing op­er­a­tional roy­al­ties and rent for the Dome as well as the project’s safety re­quire­ments, and op­er­a­tional reg­u­la­tions are al­ready listed in the open call for bids, Lee said. He also said he will of­fer his full co­op­er­a­tion in case of any in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Lee’s com­ments came on the same day as the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its safety re­view find­ings and de­manded a ma­jor re­vi­sion of the con­struc­tion plans to ad­dress ma­jor haz­ards.

Even be­fore the much an­tic­i­pated re­lease of the re­view re­port, the press had been al­leg- ing Ma and his Taipei City Gov­ern­ment had rigged the Taipei Dome bid in Far­glory’s fa­vor.

Sev­eral me­dia out­lets last week re­ported on an au­dio record of a 2004 meet­ing of the Taipei Dome bid­ding com­mit­tee in which Lee, who headed the com­mit­tee, ap­par­ently sug­gested that “peo­ple high up in the city gov­ern­ment” had agreed to drop their de­mand for op­er­a­tional roy­al­ties for the Taipei Dome.

Lee pointed out yes­ter­day Taipei City Gov­ern­ment tried to dis­con­tinue co­op­er­a­tion with Far­glory on the Taipei Dome in 2005 but its de­ci­sions were thrice re­canted by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, then un­der Demo- cratic Pro­gres­sive Party con­trol.

The Taipei City Gov­ern­ment no­ti­fied Far­glory on Sept. 5, 2005, of its de­ci­sion to re­ject the de­vel­oper’s bid, Lee said. Far­glory ap­pealed to the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan’s Public Con­struc­tion Com­mis­sion ( PCC) on Aug. 23 and Oct. 5 of the same year as well as on March 3, 2006.

The PCC wrote to the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment on three oc­ca­sions re­cant­ing city hall’s de­ci­sion.

Far­glory would not have se­cured the bid if not for the PCC’s de­ci­sion; this shows the Ma city hall was clearly not at­tempt­ing to rig the bid for the de­vel­oper, Lee said.

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