‘DELIBERATE ACT’:It would not be difficult to repair the statue, as the Chia-Nan Irrigation Association had taken a mold in case it was damaged, sources said
Date: Apr 17, 2017
By: Wang Yen-ping and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
A statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta near Tainan’s Wushantou Reservoir (烏山頭
水庫) was found decapitated in an apparent act of vandalism, the Taiwan Chia-Nan Irrigation Association said yesterday.
Hatta is dubbed the “father of the Chianan Irrigation System” for his contributions to the development of irrigation in the Chianan Plain (嘉南平原) in southern Taiwan by building the Wushantou Reservoir during the Japanese colonial era.
An association member exercising in the area at about 6am saw that the statue’s head was missing, association president Yang Ming-feng (楊明風) said, adding that he told workers at the reservoir to call the police.
Police arriving at the scene surveyed the damage and collected information.