Farglory compares Taipei City Government to IS in report
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
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.