Mayor Ko: It’s Time to Work

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Mayor Ko: It’s Time to Work

Mayor Ko: It’s Time to Work

New Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je assumed office on December 25. He immediately attended the sworn-in ceremony for members of the new administration. He concluded the ceremony with a few simple words: “It’s time to work.”

After he signed the appointment orders of new heads of agencies and presided over the sworn-in ceremony, he attended the inaugural ceremony for the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Taipei City Council and to express his congratulations to the newly elected leaders of city council.Regarding media questions on the dismantling of the designated bus lanes on Zhongxiao West Road, the mayor noted that his duty is to decide on the general policy; he will leave the details to the deputy mayor. The deputy mayor will report back to him after meeting with the heads of related agencies including transportation, police, and public works.On the incidents of violence against Falun Gong practitioners, Ko remarked that in a civic society, everyone has his/her rights and duties, and ‘right is right, wrong is wrong.’ In conclusion, all matters must adhere to the principle of administration according to law.Responding to media questions about being cold and ruthless is a must for mayors, Ko replied that the primary requirement for head officials is to be cold and ruthless. This is because the head official is the symbol of rule of law, and to have people trust him to carry out matters with impartialness. He stressed that in the past, when he attended meetings on a daily basis, what he hates the most are people who seek a private audience. What needs to be said should be said publically at the meetings and to have everyone deal with the issue publically. “This is my culture,” noted the mayor.Ko also added that he will not wear a suit to work in the future, because he does not like wearing a tie.

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  • Updated: 2014-12-26 14:26
  • Reviewed: 2014-12-26 14:25
  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government

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