Taipei gov’t work­ers leav­ing in droves: ex-mayor

The China Post - - LOCAL -

For­mer Taipei Mayor Hau Lung­bin ( ) on Thurs­day said that the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment has been suf­fer­ing from an ex­o­dus of em­ploy­ees since the in­cum­bent mayor took of­fice.

Since last De­cem­ber when Ko Wen-je ( ) took over as mayor, 902 Taipei City work­ers have ei­ther re­quested early re­tire­ment, sought re­as­sign­ment, or have quit, Hau wrote on his Face­book page, say­ing that he was greatly con­cerned about the sit­u­a­tion.

Ad­dress­ing sim­i­lar crit­i­cisms last month, how­ever, Ko said that 486 em­ploy­ees had quit be­tween Jan­uary and March this year com­pared with 534 last year.

Ko’s six months in of­fice have been char­ac­ter­ized by in­ves­ti­ga­tions into sus­pected ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the award of con­tracts for five build-op­er­ate-trans­fer (BOT) projects dur­ing the tenures of two for­mer may­ors, Hau and Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou.

Ko has been crit­i­cized in some quar­ters are be­ing too fix­ated on dig­ging up ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and ne­glect­ing to work to­ward progress and so­lu­tions.

Taipei City Coun­cilor Wang Hong-wei ( ) of the rul­ing Kuom­intang said the city gov­ern­ment is los­ing em­ploy­ees at a grow­ing pace, as 486 have quit in the past three months and the to­tal for the past six months is 902.

Some of the no­table em­ploy­ees who have fled the city gov­ern­ment in­clude Xinyi Dis­trict ( ) Po­lice Chief Lee Te-wei ( ) and his wife, and Taipei Fire Depart­ment chief sec­re­tary Yang Ping-fen (

), who had filed in Jan­uary for early re­tire­ment.

Lee and Yang on Wed­nes­day took up high-rank­ing po­si­tions with Hon Hai Tech­nol­ogy Group, whose Syn­trend ( ) BOT pro­ject is em­broiled in a dis­pute with the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment. More re­cently, Ho Chin-liang (

), who was ap­pointed by Ko as chief ex­ec­u­tive of the con­tro­ver­sial Taipei Dome BOT pro­ject, re­signed last Fri­day af­ter less than two months on the job. Ho had served as Taipei City Depart­ment of Sports Com­mis­sioner un­der Hau, with re­spon­si­bil­ity for im­ple- ment­ing the city’s plans to host the 2017 Sum­mer Univer­si­ade at the Taipei Dome.

Ho said he quit be­cause he thinks Ko is con­sumed with fur­ther­ing his own po­lit­i­cal agenda. Kao Wenting ( ), re­cent di­rec­tor of the Taipei Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Of­fice, also re­signed in April.

Since com­ing to of­fice, Ko has made fre­quent news head­lines, based on re­ports about his abra­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tion style, off-kil­ter com­ments and ten­dency to un­rea­son­ably push his sub­or­di­nates. He has promised to host a se­ries of lunch meet­ings with the city gov­ern­ment’s var­i­ous depart­ment heads over the next three months to work on im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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