Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) plan to reinstate the Special Investigation Division (SID) to probe the Kaohsiung City Government’s debt is unnecessary and “embarrassing,” Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.
As mayor, overseeing the Kaohsiung Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics and Department of Finance, Han can simply ask his subordinates to review financial records, Ko told reporters on the sidelines of a Taiwan People’s Party event in Taipei.
Han, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) presidential candidate, said at a platform presentation on Wednesday that he would reinstate the SID if elected president on Jan. 11.
The SID would investigate the NT$880 billion (US$29.1 billion) budget for the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration and a NT$2 trillion budget for solar energy projects, as well as clarify why the Kaohsiung City Government had accumulated debt of NT$330 billion before he took office in December last year, Han said.
Before its dissolution in 2016, the SID was responsible for investigating corruption and financial crimes by high-level officials such as the president, vice president and ministers.
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