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Taipei mayor blasts Hon Hai for demanding city documents over deal

Taipei mayor blasts Hon Hai for demanding city documents over deal

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) blasted electronics giant Hon Hai as "presumptuous" for asking the city government Monday to provide documents proving a subsidiary company legitimately won a bid to build an electronics shopping mall in the capital. Amid accusations that there were irregularities in the win by Hon Hai-controlled Syntrend Creative Park Co. (????), the outspoken Ko wondered out loud why Hon Hai would spend more than NT$3 million (US$95,244) on newspaper advertisements to request the city's support, saying that company executives could "set up an appointment" with city hall by telephone at any time to talk with officials in person. The city government "is a governmental branch, a public office, but not a subsidiary of Hon Hai," Ko told reporters, and "no conglomerates can make the city hall do anything within the time limit of 48 hours," he said, referring to the timeframe of the request.
"How could a conglomerate behave so presumptiously?" he said. Taipei City will "not buy into threats" from anyone, the mayor said, and will deal with the announced suspension of construction on the Syntrend Creative Park in accordance with the law. He added that the contract with Syntrend will be handed over to a municipal "committee against corruption" that will be established this week. In a front page ad in Taiwan's four major dailies and two business dailies, Hon Hai "urgently asked for" the city to make public all documents relating to the bidding procedure for the mall being built on Taipei's Civic Boulevard, including "all relevant documents, tape recordings and video recordings" within 48 hours. Hon Hai said the construction of the Syntrend Creative Park will be suspended immediately until the city government helps prove its legitimacy.
The ads came after Taipei City Councilor Tung Chung-yen, (???), a member of the Democratic Progressive Party, claimed on Jan. 14 that there may have been corruption involved in the bidding procedure. According to Tung, Syntrend will be allowed to operate the shopping mall for 50 years while giving an extremely small royalty of NT$1 billion (US$31.75 million) to the city. He claimed the main contract signed between the city and Syntrend was for an underground parking lot, and Syntrend decided to build a 12-story shopping mall on top of it. Hon Hai has argued its practices are in line with the build-operate-transfer (BOT) principles seen in previous projects like the Taipei Bus Station/Q Square department store and Taipei City Hall Bus Station/Uni-Hankyu Department Store. (By Ku Chuan, Chung Jung-feng and Kuo Chung-han)

Updated : 2021-09-24 02:52 GMT+08:00