Sep 11, 2019 Government & Politics Comments Off on Mayors of Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung ranked bottom for performance
Taipei-The mayors of Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei, the three major cities in Taiwan, came bottom in a list of performance rankings, according to a survey released by Common Wealth Magazine Tuesday.
In the survey, which ranked 22 mayors and magistrates, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (???), who will represent the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) in the 2020 presidential election, ranked at the very bottom, followed by Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (???) of the KMT and independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???).
Pingtung Magistrate Pan Men-an (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), meanwhile, received the highest approval rating among the 22 government heads, followed by Lienchiang Magistrate Liu Cheng-ying (???) of the KMT, Hualien Magistrate Hsu Chen-wei (???) of the KMT, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???) of the DPP and Taitung Magistrate Yao Ching-ling (???) of the KMT.
Liu received the highest performance satisfaction rating in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In defense of his performance, Han said Wednesday that Kaohsiung's visibility and profile has been significantly enhanced since he took office in December 2018.
He also highlighted his efforts to adopt bilingual education practices and to install air conditioning in all classrooms in the city.
Taipei City government spokesperson Chou Tai-chu (???), meanwhile, attributed Ko's low ranking to the increasing scrutiny he has been under, as the outspoken mayor is widely regarded as a wild card in the 2020 presidential election.
According to Chou, Ko, who was ranked 12th in the same poll in 2018, saw his approval rating drop this year because of his often-criticized cross-Taiwan Strait policy.
Ko's cross-strait policy is regarded as mild, although it is pragmatic, Chou argued, without elaborating.
Pan, on the other hand, said Tuesday that the survey came as an encouragement to his team and that he will do his utmost to continue serving the public.
The survey was conducted July 18-Aug. 22 through random sampling. A total of 14,818 valid responses were collected from people aged 20 or over.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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