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Taipei commission slams MeHAS City project

Former city officials "too dumb or too bad"

Taipei commission slams MeHAS City project

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At the discussion of five controversial build-operate-transfer projects Wednesday, Taipei City’s Clean Government Commission said the capital’s government should directly sue the developer of the MeHAS City project.
The apartment and shopping complex, located near a Mass Rapid Transit station in New Taipei City’s Hsintien District, is the target of an investigation into dubious practices by its developer, Radium Life Tech Company. Prosecutors said officials of Taipei City’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems forged documents in order to benefit the company at the city’s expense. Taipei has put the case to arbitration, demanding NT$7.6 billion (US$245 million) in compensation.
The Clean Government Commission, which was formed by Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je after he came to power last December, held a crucial meeting Wednesday to conclude its separate investigations into several controversial projects.
Wang Hsiao-yu, a member investigating MeHAS City, told reporters that citizens of the capital were now unable to receive the necessary compensation because previous government officials responsible for a series of administrative mistakes were either “too dumb or too bad.”
She accused previous mayor Hau Lung-bin of knowing that the pricing proposed by Radium Life had problems, while she also condemned the exchange of words between the local government in Hsintien, which allowed the project to go ahead, and former Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan, who claimed he had not given a green light.
Wang said the city government under Hau should not have taken the case to arbitration but sued Radium Life directly. Major corporations should shed their arrogant attitude toward local governments, while city officials should stop being so weak, the commission member said.
Wang also claimed that the MeHAS City project should not have passed fire safety and environmental impact reviews, though those were the responsibility of New Taipei City.


Updated : 2021-09-25 20:50 GMT+08:00