Donations temporarily boost Ko’s personal savings: wife
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.”