Taipei Times: Apologize or show proof, Presidential Office tells Ko

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Although President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is not involved in corruption, the people around her are corrupt, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday, drawing a rebuke from the Presidential Office, which demanded that he apologize if he could not present evidence to back his remarks.

Ko made the statement earlier yesterday at a news conference about the city’s policies on childcare and preschool subsidies, in which he was mostly asked by reporters about other political issues.

On Sunday night, the mayor wrote on Facebook that “today’s Taiwan should have other options, other than choosing between the pan-blue or pan-green camps, pro-independence or pro-unification with China, or getting rich or losing sovereignty.”

Ko wrote that a basic problem that Taiwan must first deal with is how to improve government efficiency, citing as an example the repeated failure of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s third terminal construction project to attract bidders.

Many public infrastructure projects have been delayed due to “political intervention,” which is not a common occurrence in a normal country, he wrote.

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