Far­glory could send sub­sti­tute plans: Ko

Taipei Mayor sug­gests third route in ad­dress­ing Taipei Dome’s safety is­sues

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yes­ter­day said that Far­glory ( ) could present its own plans to ad­dress the Taipei Dome safety is­sues.

Far­glory, the com­pany re­spon­si­ble for Taipei Dome’s con­struc­tion, could sit on the two op­tions the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment had de­liv­ered to the com­pany fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Taipei Dome Se­cu­rity In­spec­tion Re­port, or it could try and bar­gain with the city gov­ern­ment with counter of­fers be­fore both par­ties find a proper op­por­tu­nity to rene­go­ti­ate the Dome’s fu­ture, Ko said.

A se­cu­rity in­spec­tion re­port con­ducted on the Dome was com­pleted on April 16. In the re­port, the city gov­ern­ment in­spec­tion team ad­dressed five safety flaws in the Dome’s cur­rent con­struc­tion, and es­tab­lished three rec­om­men­da­tions. The first rec­om­men­da­tion sug­gested that Far­glory pro­vide the city gov­ern­ment with a plan for im­prove­ment, while the sec­ond asked for the re­moval of shop­ping es­tab­lish­ments from the Dome. The fi­nal op­tion pro­posed by the city gov­ern­ment sug­gested the dis­man­tling of the cur­rent progress on the Dome.

The mayor’s sug­ges­tion yes­ter­day was made dur­ing a public event, and called for Far­glory to ex­e­cute op­tion one while con­sid­er­ing the reper­cus­sions of op­tions two and three be­fore giv­ing counter of­fers. Ko also said that the Taipei City In­de­pen­dent Com­mit­tee against Cor­rup­tion ( ) should have a fol­low up sum­mary and con-

clu­sion re­gard­ing the re­port.

Mayor Says Re­port Will Back His

Crit­i­cisms of Pres­i­dent Ma

Dur­ing his public ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day, Ko also re­sponded to com­ments from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent re­gard­ing Ko’s speech against the in­cor­rupt­ible rep­u­ta­tion of Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou, stat­ing that the fol­low up re­port from the com­mit­tee would serve as ev­i­dence to back up his claims.

The dis­pute came about as a re­sult of the mayor’s speech at the Ke­ta­galan In­sti­tute (

) on April 18. Dur­ing his speech, Ko said that the Dome does not have proper emer­gency ex­its, which he said was the re­sult of greed.

Ko con­demned the con­tract and the al­leged free­dom the con­sor­tium had, and went on to say that the Dome has dis­proved Ma’s rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing in­cor­rupt­ible, since it was Ma who sup­pos­edly told the then-city gov­ern­ment to sign a con­tract with Far­glory.

The mayor went on to say that he has never spo­ken ill of Ma, but has brought the pres­i­dent down by de­crypt­ing sealed doc­u­ments.

Af­ter lo­cal press pub­lished Ko’s state­ments, Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent staff con­demned Ko for slur­ring the pres­i­dent, and said that Ko’s per­sonal rep­u­ta­tion is on the line as a re­sult of the re­cent case in which Ko was sum­monsed to court. The staff then asked the mayor to pro­vide proof to back up his claims.

In re­sponse, Ko said that the Taipei City In­de­pen­dent Com­mit­tee against Cor­rup­tion would soon be able to back him up with their fol­low up re­port. The mayor also said that his state­ments against Ma were not part of the speech but of a per­sonal con­ver­sa­tion that took place be­hind closed doors and should not have been pub­licly known.

CNA

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) shows off his phys­i­cal prow­ess, yes­ter­day. Dur­ing a public event, the mayor re­sponded to com­ments from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent re­gard­ing the mayor’s speech against the in­cor­rupt­ible rep­u­ta­tion of Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou, stat­ing that the fol­low up re­port from the com­mit­tee would serve as ev­i­dence to back up his claims.

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