Farglory Group said yesterday it intends to sue Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and personnel in his administration involved in the oversight of the Taipei Dome.
The group said that it intends to sue for defamation and failure to abide by proper legal procedures, and that it will release a list of formal charges and defendants this week.
In a press statement released yesterday, Farglory blasted the mayor for "constantly criticising" the conglomerate with "improper and harsh statements."
The company said that the latest of the mayor's insensitive comments came on June 13, when the mayor called Farglory a "greedy consortium" during the dome's safety symposium.
In response, Taipei City Government spokesman Sidney Lin said Farglory is adopting the use of lawsuits to distract public attention from the problems of the Taipei Dome.
Lin implored Farglory to come forward and explain the safety faults of the dome to the general public. The group should refrain from suing the mayor, as it would only further drive the company's reputation into the ground, he said.
Ko took to Facebook yesterday to advocate safety inspections on the dome, using 16 images with himself drawn in the likeness of a popular Japanese anime character.
The mayor's aides reportedly photoshopped to depict Ko as famous cartoon chef Liu Mao Xing from the Japanese anime Chuka Ichiban, which is about a young and aspiring chef who battles an evil organisation called the Dark Cooking Society with his comrades.
A series of 16 picture slides were posted on the mayor's Facebook page as an interactive package that seeks to educate Taipei citizens on the importance of Taipei Dome's safety inspections and construction.
The pictures stressed that the construction of the dome is not unlike the preparation of fine gourmet cuisine, with the smallest detail having a big effect on the final product.
Ko also said on Facebook, that the "Taipei Dome Safety Symposium" held on June 13 was a milestone in the history of Taiwan because it marked the first time the public could get involved with the management of government infrastructure.