Man­holes in need of at­ten­tion

Taipei coun­cil­lors ask EasyCard chair­man to re­sign over dis­pute sur­round­ing porn ac­tress

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Taipei city coun­cil­lors on Sun­day called on Tai Chi-chuan, chair­man of EasyCard Corp., to re­sign over the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the com­pany’s use of a Ja­panese porn star’s photos on the cover of its stored value cards.

Forty-two of the 63 Taipei city coun­cil­lors have voiced op­po­si­tion to the re­lease of the cards, but Tai and EasyCard spokes­woman Lin Hsiao-chi have no re­gard for the coun­cil and should im­me­di­ately step down from their posts, bel­lowed Wang Chih-ping of the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) at a press con­fer­ence.

KMT coun­cil­lor Wil­liam Hsu, mean­while, noted that gov­ern­ment shares ac­count for 40 per­cent of the com­pany’s shares.

Hsu de­manded that the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of gov­ern­ment share­hold­ers in the com­pany dis­close their po­si­tions on the is­sue, threat­en­ing to freeze the re­view of city gov­ern­ment bud­gets if these rep­re­sen­ta­tives do not make their stances clear.

Wang and KMT coun­cil­lor Wang Hong-wei also crit­i­cized Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je for shirk­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity, blam­ing Ko for back­ing Tai and point­ing out that it was Ko who asked Tai to dou­ble the com­pany’s rev­enues.

In re­sponse, Taipei City gov­ern­ment deputy spokesman David Huang said only that the EasyCard Corp. op­er­ates in­de­pen­dently, and its chair­man an- swers to the board of di­rec­tors.

The com­pany stirred up con­tro­versy af­ter it an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it had been work­ing with Ja­panese porn star Yui Hatano to in­tro­duce in Septem­ber a se­ries of stored value cards that would fea­ture her like­ness. It said the cards would be sold to raise money for char­ity.

De­spite strong op­po­si­tion from some mem­bers of the public, the com­pany said it will pro­ceed with the sales of the cards in Septem­ber at con­ve­nient store chains around the coun­try.

Most con­ve­nient store chains in the greater Taipei area, how­ever, said Fri­day that they will not sell the cards that fea­ture Hatano be­cause of the on­go­ing dis­pute.

CNA

Wa­ter is seen seep­ing out of a man­holes in Penghu, due to the abun­dant rain and a de­fi­cient drainage sys­tem in low ar­eas yesterday. Penghu has seen abun­dant rain­fall since the be­gin­ning of fall this year, which is marked on Aug. 8. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics up to Aug. 30, rain­fall has ac­cu­mu­lated at 752.6 mil­lime­ters, a new high in the past 10 years.

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