Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday raised a volley of questions about Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei mayoral candidate Hau Lung-bin's (郝龍斌) integrity, saying that Hau's inability to answer the questions proved his incompetence to run the local government.
DPP Legislator Wang Shih-cheng (王世堅) said that Hau had rigged a public bid for an incinerator-building project in 2002 when he was head of the Environment Protection Administration (EPA).
"The EPA should have rejected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd's bid as the government had vowed not to do business with the firm for a year because of a dispute [between Mitsubishi and Chinese Petroleum Co]," Wang said.
Meanwhile, DPP legislators Hsu Huo-yun (
Hau's wife had said the day before that her family lived at 317 Fulin Road -- next to her father-in-law Hau Pei-tsun's (
Hau Lung-bin's lawyer Su Ying-kuei (蘇盈貴) argued yesterday that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had won the incinerator bid fairly, and that Hau had not favored the contractor.
Su said the original contractor, Da Ying Co, had terminated its contract with the EPA in 2000 because of financial difficulties. The next three bids in 2001 had failed as only one company had participated, Su said.
Although Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was one of the companies boycotted for one year by the Public Construction Committee, Su said that Hau had cited Article 103 of the Government Procurement Law (政府採購法) and requested the committee allow the company to participate in the fourth bid because of the urgency of the project.
The committee later agreed to allow the company to participate, and Mitsubishi won with a bid of NT$2.2 billion (US$66 million), which had saved the government about NT$50 million, Su said.
Hau, meanwhile, urged DPP Taipei mayoral candidate Frank Hsieh (
Hsieh in turn denied that he had ever asked Taiwan Solidarity Union Taipei mayoral candidate Clara Chou (