Tue, Jan 07, 2014 - Page 4 News List

Jiang takes strong stand on broken urinal in hall

Staff writer, with CNA

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) has demanded that a urinal at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall be repaired immediately following media reports that it has been out of order for six months, Executive Yuan spokesperson Cheng Li-wun (鄭麗文) said yesterday.

Cheng said Jiang learned about the problem from news reports, adding that the premier said the “careless” attitude of the hall’s management was “unacceptable” and had impaired its administrative efficiency.

Jiang instructed Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) and the hall’s management to repair the urinal as soon as possible and discipline those responsible for neglecting the matter, Cheng said.

The Ministry of Culture was to hold a meeting yesterday to mete out disciplinary action.

A netizen brought the issue to light last week, when he posted on Facebook that a urinal that was out of order when he went to the hall in July last year was still unrepaired when he came back on Friday last week.

A photograph he posted along with the message drew netizens’ attention, with some criticizing the hall’s management for being inefficient and damaging Taiwan’s image because the hall is a cultural landmark and a top tourist attraction.

Hall officials said the urinal is not broken, but a cleaner put up an out-of-order sign on it because water cannot reach its pipes due to low pressure.

The hall’s managers have promised to repair it within a week.

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