Religious leaders called for civic stability yesterday in the face of the mass protests in Taipei over last Saturday's presidential election result and urged the government to serve justice and fairness by removing all the doubts of the people. \nCardinal Paul Shan (單國璽) and Zen Master Sheng Yen (聖嚴), founder of the Taiwan Buddhist Group Dharma Drum Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation, made the call in a joint statement. \n"The government must make sure justice is fully served, while the opposition camp must remain peaceful for the sake of social stability and national prosperity," they said. \nThey expressed the hope that the public would stay calm and face the situation rationally and they urged the government to come up with an effective and clear-cut solution to settle the problem. \nStating that all Taiwan's groups, regardless of their religion or ethnicity, should try to respect each other and learn something positive from others, they said that all the people living in Taiwan are members of one big family. They should pursue the common interests of the entire society and seek justice and peace with forgiveness. \nThousands of supporters of the opposition pan-blue alliance have being staging a marathon demonstration in the square in front of the Presidential Office since late Saturday to protest the vote.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up