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Ma says he won't shirk responsibility over city development project

Ma says he won't shirk responsibility over city development project

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) will "absolutely not shirk responsibility" if his former staff at Taipei City government were found to have been involved in irregularities in connection with a land development project in Xidian, New Taipei, his spokesman said Sunday. Charles Chen (???)said Ma, a former mayor of Taipei City, had delegated some decision making power to his deputies in regard to the on-going controversy over the BOT project in which the city government was suspected of having made too huge a concession to partner Radium Life Tech Co. (???)in building a mass rapid transit trains maintenance center in suburban Taipei. The project was a highly professional one, Chen said, and as a mayor, Ma did not have to go over details. "It's just natural and necessary that authorities must be delegated to different levels of city officials," the spokesman added. However, as the mayor who had overseen the process of approving the joint development project, Ma has said no matter if he had personally approved the development project, he would have to "take the political responsibiltiy" for the results, Chen said. The spokesman refuted Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's claim that Ma "knew nothing about" the controversial project, as Ma has stressed he was not personally involved in making all decisions on the project on the conviction that such a highly professional project should be decided by different levels of city officials. As Ko himself knows he is having three deputy mayors -- one more than Ma had -- simply because of the need to delegate decision making power based on the professional fields of issues, so was Ma doing the same, said the spokesman. (By Claudia Liu and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-17 10:08 GMT+08:00