Ko urges trans­parency from Watchout

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

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.

CNA

(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.

CNA

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