Ko grilled on Child-Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram ‘can­cel­la­tion’

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

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yes­ter­day went un­der heavy fire from rul­ing Kuom­intang Taipei City Coun­cilor Chin Huei-chu (

) for the can­cel­la­tion of Taipei’s Child-Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram.

In light of the tragic in­ci­dent at Beitou Dis­trict Wen­hua El­e­men­tary School last Fri­day that re­sulted in the death of an 8-year-old school­girl, Chin took the podium dur­ing a Q&A ses­sion be­tween the mayor and Taipei City coun­cilors yes­ter­day to press the mayor with ques­tions re­gard­ing the can­cel­la­tion of the city’s Child-Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram. Ini­tially, the pro­gram reg­u­lated an im­posed col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Taipei City Po­lice Depart­ment and city schools.

Chin first asked the mayor if he knows and ac­knowl­edges the po­lice pro­fes­sion­al­ism of New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi (

), whose po­lice ca­reer once made him the Direc­tor-Gen­eral of the Na­tional Po­lice Agency ( NPA) un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Chen Shui-bian.

In re­sponse to Chin’s in­quiry, Ko said that he does rec­og­nize the polic­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Hou.

Fol­low­ing the mayor’s state­ment, Chin made a crit­i­cal com­ment, say­ing that Hou on Mon­day had pub­licly crit­i­cized the city over its can­cel­la­tion of the pro­gram.

The deputy mayor had said that with­out the pro­gram, com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween schools and au­thor­i­ties has been sev­ered, ham­per­ing au­thor­i­ties’ abil­ity to mon­i­tor schools and short­en­ing re­sponse times in the event of such in­ci­dents.

Both Chin and Hou made their com­ments tar­get­ing Ko’s de­ci­sion to re­move po­lice sup­port from the said pro­gram, which was a part of the mayor’s de­ci­sion to re­move 27 ser­vices from the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Taipei po­lice dur­ing the later part of March this year.

Can­cel­la­tion of Pro­gram Found

with In­con­sis­ten­cies

Re­spond­ing to Chin’s crit­i­cism, Ko said that the ini­tial de­ci­sion to re­move au­thor­i­ties from the pro­gram was backed by the po­lice, in­clud­ing the in­cum­bent NPA direc­tor-gen­eral.

Ko then said that although it was the po­lice who sug­gested the re­moval of sup­port, he will take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for mak­ing a de­ci­sion on the mat­ter.

How­ever, the mayor also said that he will not re­sume the pro- gram out of haste, and that he will re­lease fur­ther com­ments af­ter his task­force com­pletes its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Beitou school in­ci­dent within the month.

Fol­low­ing Ko’s ex­pla­na­tion, Taipei City Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chiu Feng-kuang ( ) said that the pro­gram was in ac­tu­al­ity a col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­gram that was op­er­ated by the NPA and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion be­tween 2006 to 2012.

As a re­sult of the in­for­ma­tion, Chin ques­tioned how the mayor was able to re­move an ex­pired pro­gram, to which Ko was quoted as say­ing “When did I give the or­der to cancel (the pro­gram)? That is why peo­ple should read too much news­pa­per or watch tele­vi­sion.”

Fu­ri­ous at the mayor’s re­sponse, Chin blasted Ko, ask­ing whether the mayor had forgotten to take his pills again, and that the ses­sion was a farce.

In re­sponse to all of Chin’s com­ments, the mayor an­swered with a sim­ple yes.

Later in the evening, dur­ing Q&A with Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Coun­cilor Hung Chienyi ( ), Chiu said that dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing on May 29, the pro­gram was re­in­stated un­der Ko’s re­quest to re­in­force cam­pus se­cu­rity. Chiu said that as such, the mayor never can­celled the pro­gram.

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