Stop talk­ing about Ko-Soong 2016; it won’t hap­pen: Ko

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

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yes­ter­day said that a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign fea­tur­ing him­self and Peo­ple First Party founder and Chair­man James Soong (

) is not pos­si­ble, and went on to im­plore lo­cal press to re­frain from ad­dress­ing the is­sue any fur­ther.

Ko made the com­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view be­fore at­tend­ing the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment Traf­fic Re­port yes­ter­day, in re­sponse to the pres­i­den­tial team-up sug­ges­tion made by for­mer leg­is­la­tor and po­lit­i­cal pun­dit Li Ao ( ) dur­ing the lat­ter’s book pro­mo­tion event the day be­fore. The mayor went on to say that in the var­i­ous ad­vi­sor to the mayor meet­ings which the two have been known to have, the mayor had never spo­ken to Soong, a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign regular since 2000, about such is­sues. In re­sponse to ques­tions re­gard­ing Soong’s state­ment dur­ing Li’s event, whereby the chair­man noted that he would be open to dis­cussing run­ning in 2016 be­tween July and Au­gust of this year with those who are in­ter­ested to seek him out as a run­ning mate, Ko said that it is im­pos­si­ble that he would run for the pres­i­dency.

Of­fi­cials to be Del­e­gated as

Taipei Dome In­spec­tors

In re­lated news, Ko was quoted yes­ter­day as say­ing that to pro­tect the na­tional his­tor­i­cal sites as well as the safety of the Taipei Metro, the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to de­mand Taipei Dome con­struc­tion com­pany Far­glory (

) to al­low del­e­gated of­fi­cials to con­duct in­spec­tions on the dome.

Ko said that the said del­e­gates will be of­fi­cials from the en­gi­neer­ing of­fices of the city’s Depart­ment of Rapid Tran­sit Sys­tems. Ko said that pre­vi­ously, all in­spec­tions were han­dled in­ter­nally by Far­glory. As the re­cent safety in­spec­tion re­port has proven that there were nu­mer­ous flaws in the dome’s safety, a team of en­gi­neers has been se­lected to con­duct in­spec­tions as a re­sult, Ko said. The mayor went on to say that an of­fi­cial re­quest to im­ple­ment the pro­gram will soon be de­liv­ered to the con­sor­tium, and that the said en­gi­neers would be al­lowed to con­duct ei­ther non­sched­uled or rou­tine in­spec­tions on the dome should Far­glory agree to the city gov­ern­ment’s terms. Ko also men­tioned that he still doesn’t un­der­stand the con­struc­tion progress of the dome, and that he will most likely sum­mon Far­glory’s Chair­man Chao Tengh­si­ung ( ) to con­duct fur­ther talks af­ter all con­struc­tion, fi­nance and legal is­sues have been cleared.

In re­sponse to ques­tions re­gard­ing whether the del­e­gat­ing of in­spec­tors is an act of prepa­ra­tion for the city to take con­trol of the dome, Ko said that the del­e­ga­tion of en­gi­neers is so the city gov­ern­ment can bet­ter un­der­stand all prob­lems sur­round­ing the dome’s con­struc­tion so that a well-pre­pared and prac­ti­cal rene­go­ti­a­tion with Far­glory would be pos­si­ble.

CNA

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is caught on cam­era while walk­ing to at­tend the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment Traf­fic Re­port yes­ter­day. The mayor also told lo­cal press that a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign which fea­tures him­self and Peo­ple First Party chair­man James Soong is not pos­si­ble, and went on to im­plore lo­cal press to re­frain from ad­dress­ing the is­sue any fur­ther.

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