Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, left, stands behind a podium with a poster criticizing his leadership for lacking direction, during a session of the Taipei City Council yesterday called to address two recent health scandals. To his right are Chang Heng, director of the city's Department of Health, Department of Transportation Commissioners Jason Lin, and Taipei Rapid Transit Corp general manager Tsai Hui-sheng. Ma has been criticized for the city's response to an MRT accident in which a woman suffered serious scalp injuries and the refusal this week of Taipei hospitals to admit a four-year-old girl in need of emergency treatmentJan 14, 2005

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