Ko Accepts Resignation of Advisor Accused of Sexual Harassment|疑涉騷擾爭議 北市府顧問劉嘉仁請辭獲准


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.



北市府顧問劉嘉仁被叫到市議會說明騷擾一案,市府也允諾會進行調查,但事件並未就此告一段落。劉嘉仁發布聲明,說他提出辭呈,以示明志,對自己的清白,深具信心,最後,還強調,他與大家一樣,靜候真相的到來,對於劉嘉仁的求去,台北市長柯文哲點頭同意。

台北市長 柯文哲表示:「既然有人有意見,擺在這裡會變成困擾,所以就先讓他先離開職務,我今天早上也有跟黃珊珊副市長說,我們就成立一個專案小組,還是要照流程走,但是有時候流程,雖然理論上一個月,你說拖一個月擺在那裡,不如就乾脆先讓他請辭。」

柯文哲火速讓劉嘉仁請辭,是否因為選舉逼近,必須斷尾求生,市議員簡舒培直言,柯文哲在第一時間處理此事,認定是工作摩擦,亳無性別意識,在網路上引發不少批評,還透露,有可能是市府內鬥的結果。

民進黨市議員 簡舒培表示:「我們知道劉嘉仁,其實是所謂的蔡壁如派的,劉顧問的能力,好像有所不及,所以常常把他的工作,變成別人在做,所以讓大家心生不滿,才會藉由這個,騷擾學姊的事情把它爆出來。」

簡舒培批評劉嘉仁的行為,有待檢討,柯文哲速戰速決的做法,對市政而言,是好的,不過,即使劉嘉仁已經辭去職務,調查仍然繼續進行,柯文哲強調,案子有爭議,就成立專案小組調查,在結果出來之前,不要妄自揣測。

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