Ko urges transparency from Watchout
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yesterday implored local independent political media company Watchout ( ) to come forward and clarify the firing of its founder and chief executive Liu Lin Wei (
). Ko was questioned by local media regarding the removal of Liu Lin from his Watchout post given the mayor’s public praise of him, as well as Liu Lin’s position as a member of the mayor’s Taipei City Government Citizen Participation Committee (
). Aside from his removal by Watchout, the Citizen 1985 Action Alliance ( 1985 ), of which Liu Lin was a founder, stripped him of his authority.
Both dismissals took place last Saturday, after allegations of questionable financial conduct.
Early June 6, Liu Lin declared his resignation from the media company on Facebook, citing “financial misunderstandings.” Later in the day, Watchout claimed that Liu Lin was actually let go instead of voluntarily resigning, due to “problematic errors” in managing the finances of the company.
The alliance released a statement, saying they had removed Liu Lin from authority, saying he had contacted companies that the alliance had dealt with to obtain receipts for an event two years ago.
According to the alliance, Liu Lin has since gone into hiding — likely to “avoid answering for his conduct.”
As a result of potential damage to the reputation of the alliance, the alliance stated that it would
seek a lawsuit against Liu Lin.
Transparency Important: Ko
During a public event yesterday, Ko said that Watchout had only cited problems with Liu Lin’s financial management, but did not mention anything else
The mayor said the company should be transparent about such issues, and that his attitude toward dealing with incidents such as this is to let the parties settle the issues themselves.
Local media also pressed the mayor to clarify the future of Liu Lin in the Taipei City Government.
Ko said he hasn’t thought that far ahead yet, but will bring up the issue at the next meeting of the Citizen Participation Committee.
Addressing his previous praise of Liu Lin, the mayor said just because he praised Luilin for his capabilities, does not mean he wouldn’t make mistakes.
(Left) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ), center, escorts the statue of a Taoist deity to a sedan chair during a pre-Dragon Boat Festival event in Taipei, yesterday. (Right) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je attends a pre-Dragon Boat Festival event, yesterday. At a press conference following the event, the mayor implored local independent political media company Watchout to come forward and clarify the firing of its founder and chief executive Liu Lin Wei.