Ko apol­o­gizes for latest ill-con­sid­ered state­ment

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

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (

) yesterday apol­o­gized for a state­ment made to­ward a house­hold in Taipei’s Zhongzheng Dis­trict, stat­ing that his com­ment was in­ap­pro­pri­ate and that he has since re­flected on his be­hav­ior to make him­self bet­ter.

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Taipei City Coun­cilor Tung Chung-yan ( ) had re­ported to the mayor that there is cur­rently one house­hold on the dis­trict’s Tingzhou Road who is pre­vent­ing up to 79 other house­holds from re­tun­ing home to their res­i­dence in the fu­ture, af­ter the house­hold re­fused to com­ply with the ur­ban re­newal de­mands from the city gov­ern­ment.

By reg­u­la­tion, cit­i­zens who agree to have their res­i­dence un­dergo ur­ban re­newal are tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated be­fore all up­grades are com­plete.

Tung went on to tell the mayor that the rea­son why the house has re­fused to sign on to the ur­ban re­newal pro­ject is be­cause the owner of the res­i­dence be­lieves his house was built at a very good Feng Shui lo­ca­tion which can­not be easily al­tered.

In re­sponse, Ko laughed at the talk of Feng Shui, stat­ing that the belief should not be a fac­tor since the city is only re­new­ing con­struc­tions and not build­ing a ceme­tery on the site. The mayor later jok­ingly said that he ought to visit the res­i­dent to coun­sel him.

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the mayor vis­ited the res­i­dence, re­port­edly own by a man with the sur­name Lo. How­ever, ne­go­ti­a­tions ended later in the evening to no avail.

Dur­ing a public event yesterday, Ko said he had went to the res­i­dence to lis­ten to the ideas of Lo and the rea­sons be­hind his re­fusal to sub­ject his house to ur­ban re­newal. The mayor said fol­low­ing the visit, he re­al­ized that his state­ment against Lo’s be­liefs was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Ko said that if he were to restart the en­tire pro­ject over again, he would con­sider the opin­ions of all home­own­ers in­stead of re­mov­ing un­co­op­er­a­tive in­di­vid­u­als.

Ko also said that a lot of Lo’s rea­sons are le­git­i­mate, such as the fear of re­plac­ing too many green spa­ces with sky­scrapers.

Taipei to Give Taichung MRT Con­struc­tion Re­open­ing

Re­port

Ko also said yesterday that the Taipei Depart­ment of Rapid Transit Sys­tems will soon con­duct a re­port to reini­ti­ate con­struc­tion of the Taichung Metro at the Taichung City Coun­cil on June 29, which res­onates with a pre­vi­ous state­ment made by Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung ( ) on Thurs­day. Ko said that cur­rently, the re­port will be pre­sented by the depart­ment’s Cen­tral Dis­trict Pro­ject Of­fice Di­rec­tor Yu Nienhsin ( ), but he will not per­son­ally at­tend the pre­sen­ta­tion for the time be­ing.

Fol­low­ing the re­port, con­struc­tion could pos­si­bly re­sume in July.

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