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Court says construction agency broke no rules

CLEARED The court sided with the construction commission's ruling on the legality of Hua Hung Engineering's bid for a science park project

CNA , TAIPEI

The decision to award a contract to Hua Hung Engineering Co for the Southern Taiwan Science Park's vibration-reduction project was made by a group of experts and academics and nothing illegal took place throughout the process, the Public Construction Commission said yesterday.

The commission said it was not possible for any member of the screening committee to manipulate the decision-making process.

The commission made the statement in response to complaints made by Yung Chun Co, which lost its bid for the contract. Yung Chun filed four petitions with the commission, which rejected three of them and refused to look into the fourth.

After its petitions had been rejected, Yung Chun filed a lawsuit against the commission. The court sided with the commission, ruling that it had not broken any rules or laws in its decision-making procedures, the commission said.

The court found that the proposals prepared by Hua Hung and Yung Chun did not reach the official requirement of lowering noise levels to less than 48 decibels.

In light of this, the National Science Council should have re-launched the bidding process, but it did not. Consequently, the court ruled that the council had broken the law by proceeding with the bidding process and awarding the NT$8 billion (US$254 million) project to Hua Hung.

But the commission argued that members of the screening committee made their decision based on their professional judgment and that nothing illegal took place.

Council Vice Chairman Hsieh Ching-chih was detained on Tuesday on suspicion of profiteering. He has resigned from his post to concentrate on defending himself.

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