Taiwan’s first typhoon of the year led to office closures at 4 pm today in many parts of Northern Taiwan. After the fact, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s Facebook page was attacked by complaints that 4pm was too late. Taipei mayor spoke out publicly to defend the choice of timing. He shrugged off the online complaints, saying that a 100% satisfaction rate is seen only in North Korea.
Authorities in the Taipei-Keelung metropolitan area reached a consensus on canceling work and classes after 4 p.m. today, as a precautionary measure for the incoming typhoon. As the region braced for the storm, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je personally assumed command of the emergency operations center. But even before the typhoon arrived, Mayor Ko’s Facebook page was filled with complaints. Many of the mayor’s Facebook fans said the 4 pm typhoon holiday should have let out earlier.