Ko com­ments on ex-po­lice chief’s Hon Hai job

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

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) yesterday an­swered ques­tions from lo­cal media re­gard­ing his thoughts on the em­ploy­ment of for­mer Xinyi Po­lice Chief Lee Tewei ( ) by the Hon Hai Group ( ) fol­low­ing the his re­tire­ment.

On the first day of his ten­ure as mayor, Lee was un­der Ko’s ser­vice as Xinyi po­lice chief, and was caught on cam­era be­ing warned by the mayor of his po­ten­tial re­moval should the Con­cen­tric Pa­tri­otic As­so­ci­a­tion of the R.O.C. (

) con­tinue to ha­rass Falun Gong prac­ti­tion­ers out­side Taipei 101.

Soon af­ter the in­ci­dent, Lee re­tired from his post, while his wife Yang Ping-fen ( ) also ap­plied for early re­tire­ment from her po­si­tion as the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Taipei City Fire Depart­ment.

Yesterday, Hon Hai con­firmed that both Lee and Yang are now em­ployed by the com­pany at the in­vi­ta­tion of com­pany Chair­man Terry Gou ( ), with Lee now re­spon­si­ble for a se­cu­rity depart­ment within the com­pany, while Yang was hired for her ex­per­tise in fire safety.

Due to spec­u­la­tion that Gou and Ko do not see eye to eye, as well as the re­cent court case in­volv­ing lo­cal po­lit­i­cal pun­dit Clara Chou ( ) , which in­volved both in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal press asked the mayor to give his thoughts on Lee and Yang’s new oc­cu­pa­tions.

In re­sponse, Ko said choice of oc­cu­pa­tion is a free­dom for all, and as such, he has no com­ment on the mat­ter.

On the ques­tion of whether or not he be­lieves Gou em­ployed Lee and Yang to spite Ko, the mayor said he does not be­lieve so, but he is wor­ried that Lee’s big in­come rise would prompt other po­lice chiefs to fol­low suit.

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