WHO AND WHEN:Taipei and New Taipei City mayors said decisions were made collectively with Keelung, but the port city’s mayor disagreed with that perspective
Date: Sep 30, 2015
By: Tu Ju-min, Kuo An-chia and Lu Hsien-hsiu / Staff reporters
Controversy erupted yesterday over Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung’s declaration late
on Monday night that yesterday would be a full typhoon day, with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) saying that he was “ashamed” an extra typhoon day had been called.
The three municipalities announced at 8pm on Monday that work and schools would be canceled for half a day yesterday morning. However, two hours later, they announced the entire day would be a typhoon day.
The absence of rain and wind yesterday morning led reporters to question Ko about the appropriateness of a second typhoon day due to Typhoon Dujuan.
“I feel ashamed — an apology is owed to the public for a typhoon holiday being declared for this kind of weather,” he said.
He said the 8pm decision had been made by the departments of the three municipalities based on data provided by the Central Weather Bureau. [FULL STORY]