Ko an­nounces strat­egy to deal with Far­glory

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

The China Post Taipei Mayor Ko Wen- je (

) yes­ter­day said Taipei City Gov­ern­ment has come up with four dif­fer­ent strate­gies to deal with lo­cal con­struc­tion con­sor­tium Far­glory Group ( ) af­ter the com­pany missed a key dead­line for ac­quir­ing a new li­cense for the con­struc­tion of the Dome.

The city gov­ern­ment said the con­sor­tium should have com­pleted con­struc­tion of the Dome by Dec. 28, 2014 as spec­i­fied in its con­tract with the con­sor­tium. How­ever, Far­glory did not com­plete con­struc­tion by this date, and in­stead ap­plied for an ex­ten­sion. Their ap­pli­ca­tion was turned down by the Ko ad­min­is­tra­tion on Feb. 17 this year.

The gov­ern­ment handed Far­glory an NT$3-mil­lion fine for fail­ing to fin­ish con­struc­tion by the date spec­i­fied in the con­tract and tasked Far­glory with mod­i­fy­ing and re­pair­ing the Dome within three months. That dead­line ex­pired yes­ter­day, June 15.

The city gov­ern­ment’s Taipei Dome Project Task Force con­vened yes­ter­day to for­mu­late a re­sponse strat­egy fol­low­ing Far­glory’s fail­ure to com­plete the mod­i­fi­ca­tions and re­pair work by the date that the city gov­ern­ment had set.

Strate­gies Kept Un­der Ko’s Hat

Ko said yes­ter­day that the Task Force pro­posed four strate­gies at its meet­ing yes­ter­day to deal with Far­glory. How­ever, the mayor said that the strate­gies would not be re­leased to the public yet. The mayor said he would con­sider when would be the ap­pro­pri­ate time to make the strate­gies public, but said that it may be pos­si­ble to re­veal the strate­gies within the next two days.

Ko also re­sponded to a state­ment re­leased by Fal­glory on Sun­day, in which the com­pany an­nounced they would bring law­suits against the city and the mayor.

The mayor ex­pressed his sur­prise at the threat of a law­suit, as he had in­vited the con­sor­tium to the Taipei Dome Safety Sympo- sium held June 13.

Ko said that the law­suits would not help al­le­vi­ate safety is­sues sur­round­ing the Dome and crit­i­cized the con­sor­tium for “con­stantly shift­ing the fo­cus” away from the the safety is­sues in a strat­egy to de­flect bad pub­lic­ity.

The mayor cited public state­ments is­sued by Far­glory at­tack­ing Deputy Mayor Charles Lin ( ) as an ex­am­ple of the con­sor­tium’s de­flect­ing be­hav­ior and said the con­sor­tium had pro­vided op­po­si­tion city coun­cil- ors with in­for­ma­tion and pho­tos in the hope of spark­ing a public out­cry against Lin.

How­ever, Far­glory yes­ter­day hit back, with Chair­man Chao Tengh­siun ( ) say­ing the con­sor­tium had done noth­ing wrong and that the Dome had been con­structed in line with proper legal pro­ce­dures.

Chao said the com­pany would bring law­suits against Ko and Taipei and that he would be meet­ing with legal ad­vi­sors to de­cide Far­glory’s legal strat­egy.

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