Cabinet denies rumor of TransAsia response issues

Cabinet denies rumor of TransAsia response issues
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - In the aftermath of TransAsia Airway's Flight GE235 crashing into the Keelung river, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said yesterday that the central government and the local government are working collaboratively with TransAsia to execute rescue efforts.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has set up a central disaster relief team that has allocated equipment, staff and other resources needed in the rescue, said Sun.

Sun thanked the Taipei City and New Taipei City governments for their continued hard work.

Hidden Voice

The central government's participation in response to the TransAsia crash had been publicly questioned, reports said. To avoid more public outcry pitted against President Ma Ying-jeou's government, an official from the administration said that the central government should explain themselves to clear up the rumour.

Responding to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je's comment that the commanding ofthe rescue has been transferred from Taipei City to the central government, an Executive Yuan authority said that Ko's statement is not plausible.

The MOTC has to follow the disaster prevention law when dealing with the crash, said the authority.

The Executive Yuan authority explained that according to disaster prevention law, if the flight crashed at the airport, the airport will create a system to cope with the aftermath of the disaster.

If a flight crashes outside of the airport's vicinity, the local government in which the airport is located will create an emergency relief plan and will collaborate with the central government in the rescue efforts, said the authority.

The Executive Yuan and New Taipei City are unhappy with the way Ko's administration has operated during the GE235 rescue efforts, reports said.

Ko Unclear of Law: Official

A high-ranking government official from the central government said Ko is very aware of the assistance that the central government has provided.

As to why Ko would say that command has been transferred, the government official said that it can only be assumed that Ko is unclear about the law.

According to the official, the central government does not want to give the impression that there is a conflict between administrations.

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