By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Taipei City government has scrapped the aptly-named “Meet the Mayor”
communication channel beginning this year, a periodic event with which Ko would hold face-to-face dialogues with selected members of the public at the City Hall, reports said Sunday.
The program was first introduced by then-mayor Chen Shui-bian to provide Taipei residents a more convenient, intimate way to file for government assistance and services related to public works, social order, and as such.
“It has been scrapped for now,” Ko said, adding that the nation’s ‘1999 Citizen Hotline’ will remain effective in lure of the face-to-face public dialogue.
The 1999 hotline is the round-the-clock toll-free (except when calling from a pay phone or using a pre-paid cell phone) number in Taipei and several other cities and counties around Taiwan. [FULL STORY]