Date: Sep 19, 2015
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said that EasyCard general manager Tai
Chi-chuan’s (戴季全) fate might not be decided until the end of this year, amid mounting calls from Taipei city councilors for Tai to step down to take responsibility for the “porn star card” controversy.
Ko made the remarks in response to reporters’ queries on whether Tai, who was demoted from EasyCard chairman to general manager on Tuesday, would be relieved of his duty at the board meeting on Friday next week.
The mayor said that EasyCard Corp, in which the Taipei City Government holds a 40 percent stake, is still predominantly a private firm, and Tai’s fate should be determined by EasyCard’s board of directors, not by the city government alone.
He said he had consulted two “heavyweights” — Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) chairman Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) and EasyCard Corp chairman Kenneth Lin (林向愷) — on Thursday about adjusting EasyCard’s shareholding structure to address underlying issues in the firm, including the TRTC’s disproportionate representation on EasyCard’s board of directors and the “strange” relationship between the firm and its parent company, EasyCard Investment and Holdings Co.