Far­glory threat­ens law­suit against Ko

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

Far­glory Group ( ) said yes­ter­day it in­tends to sue Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) and per­son­nel in his ad­min­is­tra­tion in­volved in the over­sight of the Taipei Dome.

The group said that it in­tends to sue for defama­tion and fail­ure to abide by proper legal pro­ce­dures, and that it will re­lease a list of for­mal charges and de­fen­dants this week.

In a press state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day, Far­glory blasted the mayor for “con­stantly crit­i­ciz­ing” the con­glom­er­ate with “im­proper and harsh state­ments.”

The com­pany said that the lat­est of the mayor’s in­sen­si­tive com­ments came on June 13, when the mayor called Far­glory a “greedy con­sor­tium” dur­ing the dome’s safety sym­po­sium.

In re­sponse, Taipei City Gov­ern­ment spokesman Sid­ney Lin (

) said Far­glory is adopt­ing the use of law­suits to dis­tract public at­ten­tion from the prob­lems of the Taipei Dome.

Lin im­plored Far­glory to come for­ward and ex­plain the safety faults of the dome to the gen­eral public. The group should re­frain from su­ing the mayor, as it would only fur­ther drive the com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion into the ground, he said.

Ko Posts

Ko took to Face­book yes­ter­day to ad­vo­cate safety in­spec­tions on the dome, us­ing 16 images with him­self drawn in the like­ness of a popular Ja­panese anime char­ac­ter.

The mayor’s aides re­port­edly pho­to­shopped to de­pict Ko as fa­mous car­toon chef Liu Mao Xing ( ) from the Ja­panese anime Chuka Ichiban, which is about a young and as­pir­ing chef who bat­tles an evil or­ga­ni­za­tion called the Dark Cooking So­ci­ety with his com­rades.

A se­ries of 16 pic­ture slides were posted on the mayor’s Face­book page as an in­ter­ac­tive pack­age that seeks to ed­u­cate Taipei cit­i­zens on the im­por­tance of Taipei Dome’s safety in­spec­tions and con­struc­tion.

The pic­tures stressed that the con­struc­tion of the dome is not un­like the prepa­ra­tion of fine gourmet cui­sine, with the small­est de­tail hav­ing a big ef­fect on the fi­nal prod­uct.

Ko also said on Face­book, that the “Taipei Dome Safety Sym­po­sium” held on June 13 was a mile­stone in the his­tory of Tai­wan be­cause it marked the first time the public could get in­volved with the man­age­ment of gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture.

CNA

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) is de­picted as car­toon chef Liu Mao Xing (

) in this pic­ture posted yes­ter­day by the mayor to his Face­book page. The pic­ture, along with 15 sim­i­lar images, ad­vo­cates safety in­spec­tions on the Taipei Dome for cit­i­zens of Taipei.

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