The Taipei City Government has become embroiled in a scandal after its advisor Liu Chia-jen was accused of sexually harassment. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, has accepted Liu's resignation, while maintaining his innocence.
On Oct. 31, Taipei City Government consultant Liu Chia-jen was ordered to attend an interpellation at the Taipei City Council to address accusations that he sexually harassed Taipei City Government deputy spokesperson Huang Jing-ying. The city government also promised to investigate the allegations. Liu subsequently issued a statement where he said he submitted his resignation to show his sincerity, and he has full confidence in his innocence. He also said he will quietly wait for the truth to emerge, along with everyone else. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je has accepted Liu's resignation.
As there are some people who have the opinion that his presence here will cause complications, so I decided to let him leave his post ahead of schedule. This morning, I told Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang that the task force we set up has to follow standard operating procedures. However, it may take a month to complete the procedures, and you say it would be strange for him to remain at his position during that month, so you might as well just let him resign first.
Taipei City Councilor Chien Shu-pei aired suspicions that Ko's lightning fast acceptance of Liu's resignation had something to do with the upcoming elections. The councilor pointed out that Ko characterized this incident as workplace conflict after it came to light, showing he lacks awareness of sexual harassment. Netizens did not hold back on their criticism either, and some speculated about an internal power struggle within the city government.
We know that Liu Chia-jen is a member of the so-called Tsai Pi-ju faction. It appeared that Liu was unqualified. As a result, other people often ended up doing his work. This resulted in discontent, which in turn led to the divulging of this sexual harassment scandal.
Chien criticized Liu's conduct and said Ko's rapid handling of the matter was good for the municipal administration. An investigation is ongoing even though Liu has already resigned. Ko said he set up an investigatory task force because there were differing assertions, and people shouldn't conjecture before the results come out.