Hau, Ko meet to discuss Taipei transition

By Chi-hao James Lo, The China Post

Incumbent Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (�q�s�y) and Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (�_����) yesterday met at Taipei City Hall to converse over Taipei City politics and the transition of responsibilities. The long-anticipated meeting between the duo garnered substantial media attention. Out of politeness, Hau greeted Ko and his subordinates outside of their intended conference venue, only to be swamped by members of the media. Hau was at one point shoved to the ground by the group, but was later helped up by Ko. During the media’s Q&A session, Hau said to local press that the media has advocated for cooperation between the Kuomintang and the Democratic Progressive Party in the past. As such, he promises to provide Ko with his full support, even after retiring from his mayoral position, to make sure Ko will grasp all the issues at hand, especially the more pressing ones such as the 12-year Compulsory Education System and the upcoming 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade. In response, Ko said that he welcomes the helping hand that Hau is willing to extend, and that the incumbent mayor will be a guest of honor at his New Year’s countdown event. Ko to Retain Certain Policies Implemented by Hau Ko said that his main interest yesterday was to build the necessary relationships with the right people. The mayor-elect said a lot of the questions from the media such as the issues with Taipei Twin Towers are issues that he can only answer following deeper research accompanied by appropriate information. Ko said that there could even be a possibility that some of the criticisms made, including from himself, could have been based on a lack of knowledge of the facts. Ko also said that the policies that have been accepted by the citizens of Taipei will remain in effect after Hau retires from the post. For example, Ko said, as the issue with the 12-year education plan involves New Taipei City and Keelung, not a lot of changes will be made regarding the current plan.

Ko also added that although it is a good thing that parents are concerned, too many changes to the plan will prompt renegotiations with other cities, which will negatively affect both parents and students alike. As long as all three cities are in agreement, Ko said that he respects the policies implemented by Hau. When asked about the issue with official appointments and changes, Ko reiterated his previous stance, saying that all personnel whose responsibilities are beneath that of a deputy director or deputy commissioner will retain their current positions.