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Ko meets Farglory chair

Ko meets Farglory chair

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said he would meet with Farglory Group Chairman Chao Teng-hsiung Wednesday evening to discuss the controversial issue of the Taipei Dome.
The 40,000-seat stadium, also known as the Giant Egg, is one of several projects which have created tension between the new mayor and major corporations.
After both sides exchanged criticism through the media last week, Ko said he would meet Chao personally to address questions. The tycoon and his delegation arrived at the city government building at the agreed time of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, but Ko reportedly entered 15 minutes late because of a dinner with former Taipei City Mayor Huang Ta-chou. Neither spoke to reporters before the meeting started.
The topics for discussion would include the list of 39 shortcomings on the project identified by the Control Yuan in 2009, delays in the completion of the stadium, the absence of punitive measures in the contract, and the transportation measures for the project.
Ko said the administration of his predecessor, Hau Lung-bin, had failed to comply with the Control Yuan demands, forcing civil servants to act illegally.
In addition, Farglory had already missed the official deadline for the completion of the project, yet the contract did not stipulate any possible sanctions for the company’s failings, Ko said.
During the afternoon, he was planning to unveil the design of an exit for the stadium near the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, but the full details still had to be negotiated with the hall’s management, the mayor added.
The current exchanges between Ko and Farglory originated with the protests against the removal of old trees from the stretch of Guangfu South Road in front of the Giant Egg. Chao complained at a news conference last week that he had found it impossible to communicate with the new city government.
As a result, the mayor said the tycoon was always welcome to visit him at his office and directly discuss the stadium project with him.
Ko later slammed Chao for threatening him, as the tycoon said that without a completed Giant Egg, it would be difficult for the capital to host the 2017 Universiade.
The mayor also said the other major corporation involved in a dispute with him, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, could eventually also visit him.
Before attending a meeting with neighborhood wardens in the Shihlin District Wednesday morning, he told reporters that he had only said one thing about Hon Hai, namely that the price it would pay to rent the Syntrend Creative Park was rather low. As a result, the company immediately spent NT$6 million (US$189,000) to place ads slamming the city government, Ko said. In the ad, Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou threatened to stop the project if there was no positive explanation from the city within 48 hours. The tycoon wanted the city government to publish the content of all contracts and documents related to Syntrend to show the company had acted completely within the law.
Ko rejected Hau’s criticism that his behavior would scare “good people” away from serving as government official. On the contrary, it was collusion between government and business which would chase even more good people away from government jobs, Ko said.


Updated : 2021-09-25 17:26 GMT+08:00