By Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Government said Wednesday it had accepted the
immediate resignation of an administration official at the center of a row over cheap housing.
Chen Ming-shiun, the chairman of the city’s Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, said Monday he would resign if the rent for his official residence was hiked from NT$700 (US$21.5) to NT$15,000 (US$462) a month. The remark caused widespread condemnation, while city councilors accused him of having assets worth more than NT$100 million (US$3 million).
As a result of his statement, it was found that a total of 14 senior members of Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je’s administration were renting places at the same low price.
Ko first asked Chen to take sick leave for a week, but the official submitted a letter of resignation on Tuesday, reports said. After a face-to-face meeting between the two men Wednesday afternoon, they agreed on the approval of the resignation. [FULL STORY]