Farglory misplaces focus with lawsuit: Taipei
Taipei City Government spokesman Sidney Lin (
) said yesterday that Farglory Group ( ) is merely distracting the public from fundamental issues including the legitimacy and safety problems of the Taipei Dome by filing a suit against the City Mayor Ko Wenje ( ) and other personnel in his administration involved in the Taipei Dome project.
On June 14, Farglory began releasing statements to the public, saying that the company will be suing Ko and his associates for defamation. On June 17, the city government announced that they plan to have the Taipei Dome project taken over by banks.
Farglory Vice Chairman Tsai Chung-i ( ) yesterday said that “whether or not the project is taken off the company’s shoulders, we will be suing Ko and his administration.” He added that the company does not fancy lawsuits at all, however, Farglory has no more tolerance for the false and harsh criticism blasted from the city government.
According to Lin, lawyers suggested that the company bring the case to court. “The constant libel needs to stop,” Tsai said, before it sabotages the company’s reputation even more greatly.
Tsai said that Ko and his team have been badmouthing the company since Ko took office in December last year. He said that the city government has been verbally abusing the company with insulting language such as “piggish,” “arrogant,” “lack of conscience,” as well as “becoming the burden of the next generation owing to its greediness.”
Tsai said that the firm’s lawyers are collecting relevant evidence and documents and also drafting up a list of defendants. “It takes some time as the case involves not only the Taipei Dome project but also the company Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung (
). The lawsuit will be filed as soon as next week,” Tsai said.
Lawsuit Nothing but
In response, Lin said yesterday that what the city government and citizens care most about are the safety issues and legitimacy of the construction. “However, instead of providing clear and substantial answers for these crucial matters, Farglory is evading the issue and misleading the public with a lawsuit. We believe that it will only bring more damage to the company’s reputation,” Lin said.