‘Ghosts’ in elevator hints at corruption among inspectors

"Ghosts” inside Taiwan’s Presidential Palace elevators hint at a larger problem in Taipei City elevators

Taiwan Presidential Office. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Rumors of a ghost haunting an elevator at the Taiwan Presidential Palace have recently brought to light the larger problems of elevator inspectors being bribed to turn a blind eye when doing their jobs across Taipei City.

Starting a few days ago, rumors began swirling around the Internet that the elevators in the Presidential Palace would suddenly go up and down in the middle of the night by itself, sounding like the marching footsteps of Japanese soldiers.

In fact, the movement was not due to ghosts but rather due to problems with the inspection of the elevators.

This incident has prompted a deeper look at Taipei’s elevators, as they have been under heavy scrutiny after a series of incidents this year.

At the beginning of the year, a maintenance worker at the School of Management of Shih Hsin University (世新大學) was found dead, stuck in the gaps between the elevator cabin and a wall.

As a result of this incident, there were rumors of corruption in this case after an assistant engineer at the Taipei City Construction Management Office was detained.

According to local Chinese-language media, the inspection agency received anonymous letters saying that the elevator inspection process was stopped due to bribery.

In the same article, the author also claimed the daughter of the ruling party legislator was stuck in the elevator of a residential building and drew links based on the similarity between these cases and the elevators at the Presidential Palace.

The article stated that even the elevator maintenance data at the Presidential Palace could be falsified.

As of press time, investigators are still trying to determine whether there are corrupt officials involved.