Wed, Nov 07, 2007 - Page 2 News List

DPP lawmakers criticize Taipei City over new market

ACCUSATIONS Former councilor Tien Hsin said the city was trying to help Ma Ying-jeou get elected president, which officials said was not true

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei City Government should complete construction of the new Kuanghua Market (光華商場) and ensure the rights of all retailers before it opens the market next March, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei city councilors said yesterday.

The new Kuanghua Market -- to be named Kuanghua Digital New Plaza (光華數位新天地) -- was constructed to accommodate more than 100 retailers from the old market, which was torn down last January.

While the city government scheduled to finish construction by the end of this year and open the plaza for business in March, it decided earlier this year to add 176 more retailers on the fourth and fifth floors, which is likely to delay the construction, DPP Taipei City Councilor Lee Ching-feng (李慶鋒) said.

"Rushing to open the plaza will only turn the place into another Taipei Arena. We don't want the city government to hold another glorious opening ceremony only to find out a series of problems later on," Lee told a press conference at the Taipei City Council yesterday.

`rushing for ma'

Former DPP Taipei City councilor Tien Hsin (田欣) accused the city government of rushing the opening of the market to help Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) before the presidential election on March 22.

"The city government should supervise the contractor to prevent the plaza from shutting down because of bribery or poor management as was the case with the Taipei Arena," he said.

"Rushing the construction for Ma would only take away the rights of all Taipei residents," he added.

RESPONSE

In response, Wang San-chung (王三中), a division chief at Taipei City's Market Administration Office, denied setting the deadline for to help Ma's campaign and said the office would assess the quality of the construction before opening the facility.

The 32-year-old market, a hub for electronics, was torn down last year over safety concerns.

Retailers have been relocated to a temporary site until the new plaza is completed.

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