Taipei sports chief resigns over arrears

TAKING THE BLAME:Hung Chia-wen had told Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je that he would quit after an investigation, regardless of whether it found him personally responsible

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 20, 2016
By: Liang Pei-chi and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Taipei Department of Sports Commissioner Hung Chia-wen (洪嘉文) yesterday confirmed that he

Hung Chia-Wen

Hung Chia-Wen

verbally tendered his resignation to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) last week over a recent case involving parking lots, in which a department contractor reportedly owes the city government NT$29 million (US$895,476) in premiums.

Hung’s resignation is likely to complicate the city government’s preparations for next year’s Summer Universiade, an international athletic event that is widely perceived to be a public test of Ko’s competence.
The city government is scheduled to decide today on whether to approve Hung’s resignation.

In a news conference on May 30, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor Chung Hsiao-ping (鍾小平) said Chunsheng Development and Industry Co (群晟開發實業), which operates the department’s parking lots near the Taipei Gymnasium and Taipei Municipal Gymnasium, had not paid its monthly NT$3 million premiums since January last year.

Despite a total of NT$29 million in arrears, Chunsheng was again awarded city contracts in January this year, Chung said.     [FULL  STORY]

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