Date: Apr 11, 2015
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
More needs to be done to protect city officials from outside interference while they are enforcing the law, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday, following the resignation of Taipei Construction Management Office Director Kao Wen-ting (高文婷).
“We make civil servants bear too much responsibility and pressure,” Ko said, adding that talking with Kao about her resignation had made him ponder how to guarantee that civil servants “feel at ease” enforcing the law.
“It is not right for us to not give civil servants adequate protection [to enforce the law], but then turn around and criticize them as soon as anything goes wrong,” he said.
Ko added that civil servants are “put in a bind” when they are required to take responsibility for enforcing city policy without being backed up by their superiors. [FULL STORY]