Hau temporarily barred from giving Twin Towers report
By Lauly Li ,The China PostOpposition city councilors yesterday attempted to block Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) from delivering his policy report on the controversial Taipei Twin Towers development project at the Taipei City Council.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The council had invited the mayor to issue his policy report on the first day of the new session.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilors demanded that Hau apologize for former Finance Department Commissioner Chiu Da-chan's (邱大展) alleged involvement in the project's bidding process.
Chiu resigned from his post after being questioned several times by prosecutors in August.
Afterward, he was indicted by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office on breach of trust charges.
The DPP caucus said that in light of the controversy over the Twin Towers bid, the mayor should nullify the bid immediately and apologize for his subordinate's involvement in the bidding process.
The opposition blocked Hau for nearly an hour and a half before he was allowed to take the podium.
Hau said that the Taipei City Government discussed with legal consultants whether to nullify the bid, adding that after three meetings, the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) had completed a draft of an accreditation agreement for BES Engineering Corp. (BES, 中華工程) — the Twin Towers development project's second-place bidder.
Hau added that Taipei will officially contact BES over signing the contract in accordance with relevant bidding regulations.
DPP Councilor Tung Chung-yen (童仲彥) yesterday went to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office and pressed charges against Hau on breach of trust suspicions.
Tung accused the mayor of being Chiu's accomplice, adding that the council's Twin Towers investigative task force summoned Hau for questioning numerous times and that Hau has refused to cooperate.
Taipei Councilor and Kuomintang member Lai Su-ju (賴素如), who was indicted by prosecutors on bribery charges in relation to the Twin Towers bidding process, yesterday attended the council's session. However, she left the session early while opposition councilors blocked Hau from delivering his report.