Hon Hai Precision's Terry Gou accuses Taipei mayor of stalling

Hon Hai Precision's Terry Gou accuses Taipei mayor of stalling

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Hon Hai Precision Industry Chairman Terry Gou complained Thursday that his application to build "smart housing" in Dingpu has been delayed for a year by the New Taipei City Government.

Gou said New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu  should reply to Hon Hai's application, rather than focus on pursuing his personal political ambitions.

Hon Hai plans to build a "smart home" for engineers who will work for a new research and development building in the Ding Pu Science Park.

The home will provide around 5,000 engineers with a comfortable and safe residence and offer contractors a place to build shops, Gou said at a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday.

Gou said that because Hon Hai's application has been put off by the New Taipei City Government for over a year, Hon Hai does not have the land on which to build the smart homes.

"Over the past year, Chu has been comparatively busy," Gou said, adding that he expects a reply from Chu now that the presidential elections are over.

New Taipei City Responds

Chiu Ching-pin, commissioner of New Taipei City's Urban and Rural Development Department, said the government had immediately responded to Hon Hai's application after receiving it last year.

New Taipei City had responded that Hon Hai was responsible for paying the entirety of the land cost - around NT$1.9 billion, Chiu said.

Since then, there has been no further action from Hon Hai, Chiu said.

Gou ignores the fact that Taiwan is a true democracy with the rule of law, said a senior government official quoted by The United Daily News.

The official said that unlike in mainland China, application procedures in Taiwan must be followed.

Chiu said all the lands Hon Hai has been eyeing are state-owned and the local government can only offer assistance, not permission, to Hon Hai if it wishes to apply for use.

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