Ko team gearing up for 1st week in office

By Katherine Wei ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je (�_����) led a boot camp yesterday for his newly assembled team of government-ranking officials, where he said that honesty is the first thing he expects from them. The ��consensual boot camp�� was held on the last weekend before Ko and his team took over the reins from outgoing Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (�q�s�y), during which Ko announced the major guidelines for his motley crew of individuals he reportedly hired despite protests from his advisors. Trust and honesty would be his first rule, Ko said. ��I will believe whatever you say before I find out you’re lying to me, but if I find out about you lying to me, you’re gone; we won’t employ you anymore,�� said Ko, who added that department heads are to report on requests for influence peddling. Ko said that in the United States, calling someone a liar was considered worse than saying ��f*** you�� to him or her. ��The most crucial assignment after entering the government system is to make a difference in the business culture,�� said Ko as he encouraged his officials to trust one another, lead simple lives and answer questions relying on actual statistics in order to prolong the ��election miracle.��

Simple Yet Effective As a former surgeon, Ko said he values simplicity and effective methods. ��Staying down to earth is the principle of things. I dislike the government holding one-off events; fireworks are no more after they are lit,�� said the mayor-to-be. ��We have to think about what we wish to leave for the next generation.�� Government officials are also asked to answer questions with a straightforward attitude, providing answers that are supported by numbers. ��I hope everyone will be frank, if you can do something, you can, and if you can’t, tell me so. No one is allowed to say ‘I’ve heard so and so,’ so answer your questions in solid numbers.��

Four Managerial Directions The next Taipei government has pinpointed four main policies as its first steps, the first one being to persuade the people. ��If you cannot get the people to believe you or accept your methods, then you may as well quit,�� said Ko. The second principle is be to achieve gradual improvement at a pace people find acceptable, instead of dreaming of success after first attempts. The third is to carry out feasible plans first, for ��it would not do to dream of having support from everyone.�� Ko’s last direction for his team cautioned them against sacrificing the entire team’s core values. ��When things go wrong in the future, officials will not be punished if they tell the truth. I will not abandon my officials just because of rumors and public opposition,�� said Ko.

��I hope all of you can take on frustration with passion. This election has been a miracle in Taiwan’s history, if we fail, then we become a joke …�� said Ko, who also said that his team may need basic training in coping with the media as they were formerly all civilians who may be aggravated by the media’s ways.