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