‘CONTEMPTIBLE’:A DPP official said that the mayor was enraged and choking back tears when he made the accusation, which the Presidential Office and Farglory denied
Date: Apr 19, 2016
By: Lu Heng-ching and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has accused President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九)
of rendering clandestine protection to Farglory Group (遠雄集團) over its scandal-prone Taipei Dome project, a Taipei city councilor said yesterday.
Taipei City Councilor Chang Mao-nan (張茂楠) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus said Ko made the accusation when he met with the DPP’s council caucus earlier yesterday to discuss the dome’s future.
Ko appeared enraged during the meeting, Chang said, adding that Ko at one point was choking back tears and pounding on the table, saying: “Behind Farglory, there is President Ma Ying-jeou, watching its back.”
Ko was quoted by Chang as saying that the city government’s struggle with Farglory has been protracted because he had “insisted on justice and fairness” as a bottom line from which he “will not retreat,” and called Ma’s alleged protection of Farglory “contemptible.” [FULL STORY]