Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) yesterday accused Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of “ruining the city's economy.” \nAt a press conference to launch her campaign office, Huang said Chen had failed to improve the city's economy because of her focus on “political ideology.” \n“For example, when everyone in the city was gearing up for a boost in tourism, Chen invited the Dalai Lama to visit and aired a documentary about [Uighur dissident] Rebiya Kadeer in Kaohsiung,” Huang said. \nHuang was referring to an invitation extended by seven Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayors and county commissioners to the Tibetan spiritual leader after Typhoon Morakot devastated the southern part of the country in August last year, and the city government's decision to air The 10 Conditions of Love, a 53-minute documentary on Kadeer and her fight to improve human rights in Xinjiang in September. \nHuang said Kaohsiung's unemployment rate had topped the list of cities and counties over the past decade, with the latest figures putting unemployment at 5.9 percent. \nShe said that passenger volume at Kaohsiung International Airport had also been in decline, which she said showed that the city was losing its allure rather than developing. \nA number of senior KMT politicians, including Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and former Kaohsiung City Council speaker Chen Tien-mao (陳田錨), voiced their support for Huang at the press conference. \nWang said he hoped the party would overwhelm the DPP in the November election the same way it did during the 2008 legislative election in Kaohsiung County. \nMeanwhile, Chen's campaign office highlighted the mayor's achievements in developing the cultural and film industry and attracting investors to the city. \nOffice deputy director Ting Yun-kong (丁允恭) said Chen had attracted businesses such as Sony and Shogakukan to invest in Kaohsiung.
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up