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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

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Hopeless quake victims under Ma Ying-Jeou's lead

Two weeks ago I blogged about that Taipei City Ma Ying-Jeou can't solve the problem of a single building in 7 years (here). Today the survivors of Tong-Hsing Building, the only building of Taipei that collapsed in 921 earthquake 7 years ago, still see no hope that Ma is capable of giving them any help. According to this report,

Four years after 921 quake, Taipei City Government appropriated more than 400 million dollars (~ 1.3 million US dollars) for rebuilding (Tong-Hsing). The builder pocketed it and escaped by claiming bankruptcy. Public Works Departments of Taipei City Government (台北市政府工務局) then started over the whole process of building applications again. But then, again, the budget was put into private pocket by the new builder. In total more than 1 billion dollars went into private pocket of two builders, leaving no hope for the rebuild.
(4年後台北市政府撥款補助重建,先被營建商惡性倒閉捲款4億多元逃跑,工務局重新審核,新營建公司又爆出跳票數億元停工,兩次東星大樓被包商A走近10億元公帑,新家卻遙遙無期)


Read the lines carefully -- it took Ma Ying-Jeou's government 4 years to appropriate the fund for rebuilding. At the year Ma appropriated that fund, Taipei County Government, run by Su Chen-Chang (蘇貞昌), had already finished the rebuild of a collapsed building that was down in 921 too (see my previous post).

And when the fund was finally appropriated, it went into private pocket, repeatedly. It surprises me why Taipei citizens can tolerate such a corruption and still think that Ma is capable of running for president. Do they even care to ask Ma, "Is there something called LAW in Taipei?"

It seems to me that to be a Taipei Citizen, you'd better hope that nothing bad happens to you. If it does, you are on your own.

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3 Comments:

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Luffi said...

To me the goods and bads of green and blue camps are obvious here. However, I always feel helpless in trying to convince blue supporters that blue is no good!

I'm a green supporter (I wish there is a better alternative) and I sometimes tell myself, I should respect more of other people's political stances..., but at the same time I would feel very depressed, because I don't like the blue's corruption past and present.

I can see no ending of the stand-offs...... feel so sad.

 
At 11:45 PM, Blogger Taiwan Echo said...

Another building of Taipei Country, Doctor's House (博士的家), fallen on the same day as Tong-Hsing Building in Taipei, was rebuilt in 2004:

"由於當年的台北縣長蘇貞昌強勢主導整個善後工作,首先要求檢察官申請扣押原建商的財產,並指派工務單位,積極協助居民尋找新的建商。

台北縣工務局技正劉源清指出,「博士的家」在民國93年10月新住宅落成,為了擺脫陰影,重新命名為「民安領航」,受災戶們的喜悅和台北市東星大樓的工程延誤相比,真的是天壤之別。"

It's a bit weird that this news --- "how Ma failed to rebuild a building in 7 years" --- keeps coming out. Usually, negative news about Ma was hidden completely.

It seems to me that some sort of power struggle is brewing in the inner circle of pan-blue, and this time the king of blue Ma Ying-Jeou is the target.

 
At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Jerome said...

They just need to figure a way to make it a photo-op scene for Ma; then he would be sure to have something done.

 

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