Taipei deputy mayor clar­i­fies Far­glory af­fil­i­a­tion

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

Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin ( ) yes­ter­day re­lease a state­ment aim­ing to re­fute the al­le­ga­tion that the deputy mayor had a close re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal con­struc­tion con­sor­tium Far­glory Group ( ) be­fore be­com­ing a pub­lic ser­vant.

Lo­cal Chi­nese-lan­guage maga- zine Want Weekly ( ) yes­ter­day re­ported on the topic of the widely de­bated Taipei Dome, stat­ing that Lin, who serves as the con­vener of a Taipei Ci­ty­or­ga­nized dome safety in­spec­tion task­force, has pub­li­cally crit­i­cized Far­glory for for­sak­ing the safety of hu­man lives with prob­lem­atic ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing

to

the mag­a­zine, pho­tos taken from the Face­book page of Far­glory Vice Chair­man Tsai Chung-i ( ), which show Lin at­tend­ing a brief­ing with Far­glory Chair­man Chao Teng-hsi­ung ( ) in the United States, have been cir­cu­lat­ing on the In­ter­net re­cently, sug­gest­ing that Lin was af­fil­i­ated with the con­sor­tium be­fore tak­ing pub­lic of­fice.

Fur­ther re­ports sug­gest that an un­named Taipei City coun­cilor claimed Lin as a very close friend with Chao un­til his in­cum­bent po­si­tion, and that the com­pany had treated Lin to mul­ti­ple trips abroad.

n re­sponse to the ac­cu­sa­tions, the deputy mayor re­leased a state­ment in an at­tempt to clear his name.

Lin said that he has never had pri­vate deal­ings with Chao and that the three in­ter­na­tional trips that were men­tioned in the mag­a­zine were not per­sonal tours, but group trips made up of 10 other schol­ars as an aca­demic del­e­ga­tion.

The trips were also billed by the con­sor­tium with other group ex­penses with the com­pany, mean­ing that there were no per­sonal fi­nan­cial deal­ings or al­leged “treats.”

The deputy mayor went on to say that the trips taken by the del­e­ga­tion were purely aca­demic, and had hap­pened be­cause of a spon­sor­ship re­la­tion­ship Fa­glory had with Na­tional Chiao Tung Univer­sity ( ), where Lin once served as an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor.

The col­or­ful lan­guage and ter­mi­nolo­gies used in the mag­a­zine’s ar­ti­cle were used af­ter read­ing too much into what was purely an op­por­tu­nity for aca­demic ex­change, and also a dis­trac­tion from the im­por­tance of the dome’s safety flaws.

Sim­ply be­cause he had taken aca­demic trips that were pos­si­ble be­cause of the con­sor­tium does not mean that he must turn his back on his con­science and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in the case with the dome as the city deputy mayor, Lin said in con­clu­sion.

Far­glory Re­sponds to Af­fil­i­a­tion

Al­le­ga­tions

In re­lated news, Far­glory con­firmed that aca­demic del­e­ga­tions were in­deed in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional trips or­ga­nized by the com­pany.

How­ever, the com­pany also stated that it can­not un­der­stand why Lin had pre­vi­ously praised the con­struc­tion of the dome, only to rip it apart ver­bally af­ter be­com­ing deputy mayor.

CNA

Taipei City Deputy Mayor Charles Lin ( ), left, is seen pos­ing with Far­glory Group ( ) Chair­man Chao Teng-hsi­ung ( ), third right, in this photo that was re­leased yes­ter­day. Me­dia re­ports claimed that Lin was treated with a trip abroad by Chao, say­ing both had a friendly re­la­tion­ship in re­cent years. In re­sponse, Lin said that Far­glory had paid for the “whole group,” and de­nied an ar­range­ment of “in­di­vid­ual” travel ex­penses.

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