Wed, Mar 01, 2006 - Page 4 News List

Remembering 228: Poor timing leads to flag-flying blunder

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Township governments and schools around the country failed to follow the Cabinet's directive for flags to fly at half mast yesterday out of respect for victims of the 228 Incident.

"I believe that many government offices and schools did not receive notice of the new order in time, so they did not follow it," Keelung Deputy Mayor Ko Shui-yuan (柯水源) said.

The Cabinet on Monday issued the directive that flags at government offices and schools should fly at half mast out of respect for the victims of the bloody government crackdown in 1947. However, the order was apparently sent out too late and, as most offices and schools were already closed by Monday afternoon, many of them failed to comply.

Taipei County Government Civil Affairs Department director Huang Li-tzu (黃麗足) said that she had asked her deputies to notify as many offices as possible when she received the order from the central government late on Monday. However, since a lot of offices were already closed, they would probably not have received the notification.

Huang said that 11 of Taipei County's 29 townships and cities did not receive the notice to fly flags at half mast before they closed their offices at 5:30pm.

Sanchong Mayor Lee Chien-lung (李乾龍), of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), said he would not follow the order because he did not agree with it.

"Remembering the 228 Incident is a mistake. It is a sad memory for many people. Why do we have to do something special to remind people of bad memories?" Lee asked. "Although it is an order from the central government, I will not follow it."

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