TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taipei City Government spokesperson Lin Ho-ming yesterday reiterated the fact that city officials received a phone call threatening the personal safety of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je.
According to Ko's office director Tsai Pi-ju, the office received a call of complaint last Friday from an individual who grumbled about how the mayor, though verbose, never makes a point.
The alleged caller then threatened the secretary who took the call, telling the secretary to watch out or else he (the caller) would shoot the mayor.
Lin confirmed the statement of Tsai, stating that the mayor's bodyguards have been warned to be more vigilant while Ko makes public appearances following the threatening phone call.
Lin also said that the mayor's itinerary and schedule will not be affected by the individual, as the city government completely trusts the protection program designed by the Taipei City Police Department.
The department has also deployed officers to city hall for further inquiries, though an official case will not be filed.
The city spokesperson was also quoted as saying, "Please do not read too much into this isolated incident," encouraging the general public to believe that the dissatisfaction of one individual does not speak for the entire population.
During a radio interview yesterday, the mayor also said that for the sake of his mother and his supporters, as well as to prevent himself from ending up like either Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor Chen Wen-chen or Taiwan Navy Captain Yin Ching-feng - both victims of alleged political assassination - he has refrained from riding his bicycle alone like he used to.
Lin Dismisses Claims about Hau-Ko relationship
In related news, local media recently claimed that former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin told his former city government staff during a gathering that he is very angry at the various comments made by the incumbent mayor.
Local media claimed that Hau was very unhappy with Ko's constant public announcements of problem solving the mistakes of the former administration.
Reportedly, Hau told his staff that he will no longer show modesty and courtesy toward the incumbent mayor, and he is ready to fight back at anytime.
In response to the reports, Ko's spokesman Lin said that the news is all rumors delivered by local media and never personally from Hau.
Lin also said that although Ko does feel that he has been handling the problems that have been passed down to him from the previous administration, the mayor has always criticized the situation at hand and never any individual from Hau's administration.