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Former Taipei police precinct chief now works for Hon Hai

Former Taipei police precinct chief now works for Hon Hai

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A former chief of Taipei City’s Xinyi Precinct once chided by Mayor Ko Wen-je has accepted a job offer from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., reports said Wednesday.
The news sparked the mayor to say, albeit jokingly, that he was worried that other senior police officers might follow suit.
The day Ko took office, last December 25, he warned Xinyi Precinct chief Lee Te-wei that he would be replaced if there was one more incident of a Falun Gong supporter being beaten outside Taipei 101. The area became a focus for both Falun Gong protesters and radical pro-China groups because of the large number of Chinese tourists visiting the iconic building.
Lee applied for his retirement from the police force two weeks later, while his wife, Yang Ping-fen, also moved to leave her post as chief secretary of the capital’s fire department.
Reports emerged Wednesday that both Lee and Yang had accepted lucrative positions at Hon Hai, one of Taiwan’s and the world’s largest electronics makers. The company’s chairman, Terry Gou, reportedly put Lee in charge of his security department and Yang at the head of fire safety.
Media reports hinted that the tycoon was trying to make Ko look bad by giving the duo positions which paid several times more than their jobs for the city.
Gou is one of several prominent businessmen who have been embroiled with Ko’s Taipei City Government in disputes over development projects. The mayor has also become involved in a legal case pitting Gou against talk show commentator Clara Chou, who accused the tycoon of having given NT$300 million (US$9.7 million) in illegal donations to Ko’s opponent in last year’s mayoral election.
Commenting on the reports about the police officer and his wife, Ko said Wednesday that everybody was free to go and look for a job he wanted, and added as an aside that he should now worry about other police officers following Lee’s lead.


Updated : 2021-07-30 22:26 GMT+08:00