Ko vows to be ‘merciless’ in cutting glitches

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Jan 22, 2014 - Page 3

Independent Taipei mayoral aspirant Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) says he would be “more merciless than an oppressive official,” as outlined plans for his administration if he wins in the year-end elections.

Ko, a National Taiwan University Hospital surgeon, has emerged as a frontrunner in public polls on possible candidates for the Taipei mayoral job.

Despite being a political novice and not being linked to a political party, Ko ssaid that if elected, he will not hesitate to “hack” off glitches in the city’s administration.

“In running for the Taipei mayoralty, my goal is: No matter if I win or not, I will change Taiwan’s society and election culture thoroughly,” he said.

Ko said he would fix any problem he faces without hesitation.

Taking corruption in public construction projects as an example, Ko said he would not take action against individuals, but would publicize all the relevant information, exposing the city government to public’s view.

He also said he will be more stringent and merciless than an oppressive official in carrying out his administration’s plans if he wins.

Ko listed six areas he would want his adminisgtration to tackle: social justice, culture, health and security, caring and sharing, community development and transparency.