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Taipei mayor gives lessons on life on three-month anniversary in office

Taipei mayor gives lessons on life on three-month anniversary in office

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) offered some advice to university students on how to shape their lives, in a speech at University of Taipei (??????) Wednesday, on his three-month anniversary in office. A former trauma surgeon, Ko urged the students to ponder the meaning of life and death and formulate their own outlook on life. Such an approach will have a profound effect on the rest of their lives, Ko told the students at the event. He said that if it were up to him, first and second year students at National Taiwan University would be required to take life education classes as part of their programs. "If your life is devoid of philosophical beliefs, then you are nothing but a human-sized amoeba," Ko said. Ko said he won the mayoral election last November against all odds because he stuck to his principles of "doing good to the best of his ability." In the future s, he said, politicians would have to play the role of religious preachers, giving sermons to restore the people's faith in the government and the values that the state offers, such as justice, liberty, freedom, rule of law and human rights. To gain the people's trust, the government must do what they say, Ko added. "The public's distrust of politicians is the reason why government-run urban renewal plans have never been successful," he said. "I hope that Taiwan would be a better place because of me." In response to a media question on whether he is overly fixated on exposing malfeasances and has been neglecting new policies for the city, Ko said that he has numerous plans for urban progress, such as public housing. Construction work will accelerate in about 18 months' time when expansion of the city's infrastructure is complete, he said. People's interest is focused not just on his policies, but on other matters, the mayor said. For example, he said, while a video about his wife or his favorite chair gets 100,000 hits, videos about his new ordinances and policies for Taipei often fail to gain the same level of interest. "Such is the level of intellect of the average Taipei resident," quipped Ko. Ko also said that he has a plan to transform Taipei into a green city that would be able to store water effectively in the rainy season, and dissipate heat quickly in hot weather. Since 1980, Taipei's rise in average temperatures has been outstripping the figures in Hualien, Taitung and Hengchun, a fact that reflects the rising perils of the urban heat island effect, he said. (By Ku Chuan, Yu Kai-hsiang, and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 09:51 GMT+08:00