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Ex-Taipei mayor hits back at incumbent's barbs

Ex-Taipei mayor hits back at incumbent's barbs

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (???) expressed displeasure Monday with the many criticisms his successor, Ko Wen-je (???), has directed at several development projects Hau initiated. Hau said he had reached the limit of his patience with Ko, accusing the new mayor of using incomplete information to repeatedly "disparage" the former city government. Hau said all major development projects undertaken during his tenure had undergone strict screening processes and "can definitely withstand scrutiny," and he urged Ko to make public all related information to allow people to examine it. Over the past week, Ko has criticized "waste" in the athletes village being built for the 2017 Universiade in Taipei, saying that NT$2.6 billion of the total budget is being spent on things that will be removed after the 12-day games. He has also decried a contract signed by the city government with Farglory Group for the Taipei Dome project as "absurd" after he was unable to find a way to seek compensation from the builder for lagging behind schedule.
Hau later accused Ko of not looking at the contract because it did in fact include compensation clauses. The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, meanwhile, was described by the mayor as "too commercialized." He even questioned why the Hon Hai Group was able to win the bid for the Syntrend Creative Park project at "such a cheap price." In response to Hau's call for him to make public the related information, Ko said these controversies could have been avoided if the former mayor had dealt with the projects transparently when he was in office.
(By Lee Shu-hua, Ku Chuan and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-29 00:06 GMT+08:00