Farglory could send substitute plans: Ko
Taipei Mayor suggests third route in addressing Taipei Dome’s safety issues
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.
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.