Presidential Office dares Taipei mayor to investigate Ma

Presidential Office dares Taipei mayor to investigate Ma
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on April 29, 2015.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Presidential spokesman Charles Chen yesterday implored Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je to quickly put President Ma Ying-jeou under investigation if the mayor truly believes that Ma has perjured himself in the ongoing Taipei Dome drama.

Previously, following an investigation conducted into the Taipei Dome and its contractor Farglory, the independent Clean Government Committee accused Ma and Taipei's then-chief of the Finance Department Lee Sush-der of profiteering from the said construction project, and recommended that the Taipei City Government put the president under investigation for the alleged crime.

Following various exchanges of comments from the city government and the Presidential Office regarding Ma's responsibility, Chen came forward publicly yesterday to challenge Ko to charge Ma with a crime and to put the president under investigation.

Yang said that both Ko and Director Yang Fang-ling of the Taipei City Department of Legal Affairs had publicly declared the case surrounding the Taipei Dome is "legal but illogical."

If Ko really thinks that the president is guilty of a crime, Chen said, then the mayor ought to subject Ma to the judicial process quickly, also saying that the Presidential Office will do all in its power to enable a fair and transparent investigation.

Officials from the Presidential Office also declared that the president is fit to stand his ground, which is not the case for the current Taipei City Government. The officials said that Ko has ruined the reputation of his administration by acting as a whistle-blower without proper grounds, and that the mayor must hold himself accountable for his actions as the mayor of Taipei.

Former Mayor Blasts Ko's Actions

In related news, former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin yesterday blasted Ko's actions as incumbent mayor, stating that the latter has failed to achieve any constructive progress, and has instead immersed himself in political disputes in a bid to get his name into the news.

Hau also said that he feels very disappointed in Ko, and that if the incumbent mayor cannot take responsibility and back the accusations of his Clean Government Committee, then he is an irresponsible person and a coward.

Hau went on to say that the cases the committee has opened have all been investigated before, which means that the release of the so-called new findings is practically criticism aimed against the former administration.

A mayor must be brave in carrying out his decisions and must take up the corresponding responsibilities from said decisions, which is not a trait that could be observed in Ko, Hau said.

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