TAIPEI (The China Post) – Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) attended his inauguration today in a speedy handover ceremony conducted by Vice Premier Shih Jun-ji (施俊吉).
The ceremony began at 8:59 am and ended at 9:03 am, meaning that the re-elected mayor spent only 4 minutes on stage, including the inauguration speech that featured only one sentence: “Let’s just keep on working.”
Since Ko successfully sought reelection, he was handing over the job to himself and the process was quite straightforward, including the singing of the national anthem, bowing and saluting to Sun Yat-sen’s portrait, and taking the oath.
The ceremony was hosted by the vice premier who handed over the official mayoral seal to Ko. Shih barely said: “Congratulations to Mr. Ko for your reelection. I wish all (Taipei) residents happiness and sending them my best regards.”
Ko’s message was even briefer, however, ending the ceremony which barely lasted for 4 minutes with one sentence: “Let’s just keep on working.”
Even though the inauguration only took four minutes, the ceremony still cost NT$150,000 (US$4,870). Ko was shocked by the amount and reportedly inquired into the matter with his staff.
They responded that the TV broadcast was the most expansive because many people still wanted to see the mayor. Ko then suggested that it could’ve been done through live streaming on his phone too.
Translated by Nora Chang
記者邱明玉 / 台北報導