Taipei Mayor’s Reputation Going Downhill?

Taipei Mayor’s Reputation Going Downhill?
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Polls show that Ko Wen-je is the least popular among the six heads of special municipalities in Taiwan, and has the least chance of winning a second term.

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The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of the Taipei City government on July 22 released a poll showing a major drop in the satisfaction rate for Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), at only 42%, lower than the dissatisfaction rate of 44%.

A poll released by Global Vision this June shows that residents' satisfaction rate for Ko was also the lowest among the mayors of the six special municipalities in Taiwan. Another poll shows Ko has the least chances among the six mayors to win a second term.

Yao Li-ming (姚立明), president of Legislative Assembly Observation Foundation, says Ko refuses to listen to others’ opnions when establishing policies, which has caused backlash from the people.

An example of dissatisfaction with Ko’s government is the postponed construction of the Taipei Dome, which was designated as the arena for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2017 Summer Universiade. Last May, the Taipei City Government reported five problems with the construction of the dome, and the government ordered a halt to the construction due to safety concerns.

After several rounds of negotiation, the Taipei City Government and Farglory, the construction company for the Taipei Dome, have failed to reach an agreement, though a tentative consensus was reached on Thursday. A citizen wrote a letter to the government last month, hoping it would "deal with the dispute carefully and urge the construction to be completed as soon as possible."

The Taipei City Government has accused Chao Teng-hsiung (趙藤雄), chairman of the Farglory Group, of acting "unreasonably" by refusing to make any changes on its construction plan. The government says it will keep working on the issue.

First Editor: Olivia Yang
Second Editor: J. Michael Cole