Far­glory com­pares Taipei City Gov­ern­ment to IS in re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

Far­glory ( ) com­pared the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment to the “Is­lamic State” (IS) yes­ter­day in a re­port sub­mit­ted to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity over re­cent safety con­cerns re­gard­ing the Taipei Dome.

The “Spe­cial Re­port on the Safety of the Taipei Dome” was sent to city coun­cilors and re­it­er­ated the com­pany’s po­si­tion that the mayor’s ar­gu­ments over safety is­sues are un­founded.

Par­al­lels Be­tween IS, City Threat

to Dis­man­tle Dome: Far­glory

Within the “sum­mary of ideas” of the re­port, Far­glory stated:

“Think about IS’ kid­nap­ping of Ja­panese na­tion­als, and be­head­ing its hostages when the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment did not de­liver ran­som money: All the BOT (build op­er­ate trans­fer) projects within Taipei City have been kid­napped by the city gov­ern­ment; if one is not clever, the projects are dis­man­tled. Isn’t this sit­u­a­tion anal­o­gous to the first ex­am­ple?”

Far­glory’s re­port also blasted the city gov­ern­ment’s use of com­puter sim­u­la­tion soft­ware “Sim Tread,” say­ing that it is not com­monly used in­ter­na­tion­ally. In the event of an emer­gency, hu­man ac­tions can­not be prop­erly pre­dicted by com­puter. In­stead, hu­mans would seek the nec­es­sary means to avoid dan­ger, the com­pany sur­mised. It also added that the emer­gency ser­vices would be able to as­sist in the event of a po­ten­tial evac­u­a­tion.

In an April 16 safety re­port is­sued by the city, Far­glory was faulted for the lack of ad­e­quate space for the evac­u­a­tion of a densely pop­u­lated area in the event of an emer­gency. The com­pany coun­tered that 140,000 peo­ple could safely be evac­u­ated within half an hour.

Ac­cu­sa­tions of In­sin­cer­ity; Ko

Urges Ra­tio­nal­ity

In re­sponse to the re­port, Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Taipei City Coun­cilor Kao Chia- yu ( ) chided Far­glory’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism, stat­ing that Far­glory’s own com­puter sim­u­la­tions still had peo­ple stuck in the sec­ond- level base­ment an hour af­ter a sim­u­lated dis­as­ter.

‘Who is ac­tu­ally more like IS?’

Fel­low DPP Coun­cilor Wang Shih-chien ( ) posted on his Face­book page that Far­glory’s stance was not pro­duc­tive and in­stead was “caus­ing con­fronta­tion.” He ac­cused the com­pany of avoid­ing the city’s safety con­cerns, call­ing the com­pany’s planned con­struc­tion of a shared store­front mall in the arena’s vicin­ity “ex­tremely re­pul­sive” as it would se­verely re­strict peo­ple’s move­ments dur­ing an evac­u­a­tion sce­nario.

Re­spond­ing to Far­glory’s re­port, Mayor Ko Wen-je said that “de­ri­sion is not what is needed,” urg­ing the com­pany to “re­turn to ra­tio­nal­ity” in or­der to dis­cuss the safety is­sues.

The city pro­posed along with its safety re­port on April 16 that the Taipei Dome it­self or the sur­round­ing store­front be dis­man­tled in or­der to safe­guard public safety in the event of a dis­as­ter. Both sides re­main locked in dis­pute on how con­struc­tion should pro­ceed. The venue is sched­uled to host the 2017 Uni­ver­sity Games.

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