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EasyCard Corp boss Tai Chi-chuan turns in his resignation

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

EasyCard Corp chairman Tai Chi-chuan is surrounded by reporters during a visit to the Taipei City Council on Wednesday last week.

Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

After weeks of controversy, EasyCard Corp (悠遊卡) chairman Tai Chi-chuan (戴季全) last night resigned as chairman and board member.

Tai said in a statement that he was sorry for having caused a major controversy that wasted resources, and that he could no longer let matters pertaining to his job hinder city officials’ policy addresses and the Taipei City Council’s budget review.

His announcement came one day after Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said he had asked Tai to resign, adding that Tai would not serve as EasyCard general manager as had been agreed upon.

Tai became the focus of cross-party criticism from city councilors after the corporation issued special charity fund-raiser card sets featuring photographs of a Japanese porn star.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤) said she thought Tai and Ko had made the right decisions, although “a bit late.”

Ko responded to public expectations, Wu said, adding: “I hope the incident ends right here and the Taipei City Government can get back on track.”

“‘If there is a mistake, correct it,’ Ko-p [a nickname for Ko] has always said. The DPP caucus acknowledges Ko is learning from his mistakes, and we will continue to be his ally and help him recover,” she said.

Taipei City Council Speaker Wu Pi-chu (吳碧珠) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said she did not approve of Ko’s handling of the incident, but the outcome was “acceptable.”

“A subordinate should never let his superior take a bullet for him. With everyone wanting Tai to step down, Ko should have made this decision much earlier,” she said.

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