Former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou (
"Ma's administration set up a committee to oversee the operation of Taipei Arena, but the contract was full of problems. The former administration should take full responsibility," Taipei City Councilor Chuang Jui-hsiung (莊瑞雄) said while inspecting the facility.
The Taipei City Government announced the cancelation of the contract last week, but Chuang also challenged the city government's ability to operate the arena.
"The city government doesn't have any experience in managing such a big sports facility, and has no plans apart from sending dozens of police to guard the facility," he said.
Police were sent to the arena on Wednesday to prevent EMG staff from entering the facility.
Lin Teng-jiao (林騰蛟), vice commissioner of the Taipei City Education Department, acknowledged that the committee had been lax in failing to uncover alleged embezzlement on the part of EMG executives, but added that the city government was following municipal regulations in taking control of the facility after prosecutors indicted top EMG officials.
Taipei City Secretariat Deputy Director Yang Hsi-an (
During this time, the city government would be willing to renew all contracts signed by EMG, Yang said.
Despite protests, police continue to prevent EMG staff from entering the facility.