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China Times: What Ko Wen-je can learn from Chen Chu

China Times: What Ko Wen-je can learn from Chen Chu

Since assuming office more than a month ago, outspoken Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has become the center of media attention. Ko, however, lags behind Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu in terms of likability, according to the results of a survey released last week. Indeed, Ko should learn from Chen about how to deal with people. Ko is well known for his cutting remarks and his disregard for the feelings of others. He has reprimanded senior officials in his administration openly as if he were scolding his own children. He has also ridiculed a police chief who chose to retire because he was "scared" of working with Ko. After Shenan Chuang, CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Greater China, turned down Ko's offer to serve as deputy mayor, Ko said "when you have only bananas, you can only afford to hire monkeys." Did he mean that all the existing members of his administration were monkeys? In yet another faux pas, Ko said that a little clock presented to him by visiting U.K. Minister of State for Transport Baroness Kramer could be made into "scrap metal," which was extremely impolite. By comparison, Chen has always been warm and caring, like a mother figure. She has never used cutting remarks to disparage or humiliate others in public without regard for their self-esteem. Since she was first elected mayor of Kaohsiung in 2006, Chen's popularity has soared, and could not be dented even by last year's massive gas explosions. Because of the positions politicians hold in the society, they have more power than the average person to hurt others. Ko really should start learning from Chen before he causes more controversies and harm. (Editorial abstract -- Feb. 2, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-19 01:54 GMT+08:00