High-ranking official submits resignation: Ko

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By John Liu ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Yang Jong-her (�����M), commissioner of the Taipei City Government Department of Sports, tendered his resignation due to stress related to managing the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (�_����) said. Ko made the confirmation when pressed by the media during his visit to the Guang-Hu Temple (�s�@�c) in Tainan City yesterday. The mayor did not indicate whether he would approve Yang’s resignation and only said he will deal with the issue on Monday. However, Yang also made a public announcement through his secretary yesterday saying that he did not tender his resignation. Ting Juo-ting (�B�Y�F), deputy commissioner of the Department of Sports, also said she had not been informed about Yang’s resignation. Rumors began about the commissioner’s resignation after Ko voiced anger over the construction of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade venue, which is considered newly appointed Yang’s top administrative priority.

Ko expressed displeasure when touring the venue’s Athlete’s Village a week ago. The mayor is outraged by the Athlete’s Village construction plan, which will reportedly cost NT$2.6 billion. Ko also grumbled about the delayed construction progress of the Taipei Dome, which is where the Universiade will be held. Ko has had disputes with construction company Farglory Group (����) over tree removal and an underground passage. Ko earlier lambasted former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin’s (�q�s�y) contract with Farglory as being extremely unfair and labeled Hau’s actions as ��ceding territory and pay indemnities.�� There is now talk that the Universiade will be held in a different location, and government officials tasked with Universiade affairs are reportedly all under immense pressure.

Busy Yang Sleeps Three Hours a Day Yang has been extremely busy himself since taking the position and reportedly sleeps only three hours a day. He starts to chair administrative meetings at 7:30 each morning and has meetings throughout the day. In addition, Yang has to commute frequently between Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu to oversee leased venues.

Ko Says Will Work on Communication Since his inauguration, Ko has been known to lash out with harsh criticism of subordinates.

Taipei City Police Department Xinyi Police Chief Lee The-wei (���w��) submitted his resignation earlier this month, which was widely considered to be the result of Ko’s defamatory public chastisement. If Yang’s resignation is confirmed, many are likely to attribute the incident to Ko’s short temper when communicating with city officials. Many have said Ko has a tendency to interrupt and criticize when officials are in a middle of a presentation. Ko has said that as a medial surgeon, he likes to ��move things fast�� by nature; however, he will try to make improvements on how he communicates with others if necessary.