Dona­tions tem­po­rar­ily boost Ko’s per­sonal sav­ings: wife

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Mon­e­tary dona­tions re­ceived for the elec­tion were the rea­son for the sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence be­tween Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s ( ) cash sav­ing and what Ko claimed to own last year, ac­cord­ing to a Face­book post made by Ko’s wife Dr. Chen Pei-chi ( ) yes­ter­day.

The Con­trol Yuan, an in­ves­ti­ga­tory agency that mon­i­tors other branches of the gov­ern­ment, is­sued a clean gov­er­nance re­port on Fri­day, say­ing that the Ko cou­ple has cash sav­ings of NT$22.67 mil­lion, se­cu­ri­ties worth NT$6.68 mil­lion, a NT$10 mil­lion mort­gage, a res­i­dence in Taipei and a piece of agrar­ian land in Hs­inchu.

There is a big dif­fer­ence be­tween the amount of sav­ings and Ko’s gov­ern­ment fil­ing of per­sonal as­sets when he reg­is­tered for the may­oral elec­tion in Septem­ber last year.

Chen ex­plained that Ko re­ceived NT$25 mil­lion for the elec­tion in early Jan­uary, and the mayor has pledged that he will use the money for ei­ther elec­tion ex­penses or so­cial wel­fare dona­tions.

How­ever, since the checks writ­ten by the Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion were made payable to Ko Wen-je, the mayor had no op­tion but to de­posit the checks into his per­sonal ac­count first. This is why there was a surge in the amount of money Ko has, Chen said.

Chen said Ko has not do­nated all the re­main­ing cam­paign money, but now that the sub­ject is un­der in­creased scru­tiny, she would sug­gest to Ko’s cam­paign fi­nance chief that he dis­closes fur­ther fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion once he re­turns to the coun­try from over­seas.

Lead­er­ship Style Mat­ters: Chen

Ko’s wife also com­mented on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween gov­er­nors and their sub­or­di­nates in her Face­book post.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, Ko of­ten men­tioned that there are lead­ers who “dis­con­nect them­selves from sub­or­di­nates once in­volved in trou­ble.” Lead­ers should not evade re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, Chen sug­gested.

Whether it is “em­per­ors” or “of­fi­cials” that led to the col­lapse of a king­dom is more like a chicken and egg sit­u­a­tion, she said. But nowa­days it is usu­ally the leader’s char­ac­ter, and his or her ef­fort in­put and lead­er­ship skills that de­ter­mine the end re­sult, Chen said in her post, adding that it takes a “lousy em­peror” to spawn “lousy of­fi­cials.”

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