Former Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said on Dec. 23 that he'd like to express his apologies to Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je for exiting the race for the 2020 presidential election. Gou also said that he doesn't take Ko's plan to run in 2024 seriously. Ko responded by saying that he will have adequate time to prepare after the upcoming election concludes.
Both Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and former Foxconn CEO Terry Gou were hopefuls at one point in the presidential race. In a recent political talk show, Gou said that he felt sorry for Ko and his mother when quitting the race earlier this year. Asked about Ko's plan to run for president in 2024, Gou said he doesn't take it seriously. The statement has prompted more speculations on the relations between the two.
It isn't anything serious in the first place since (2024) is still so far away. There's enough time to plan for the presidential race (in 2024) after I complete my current term as Taipei mayor in 2022. (When Terry Gou was running), we would've helped him in his campaign. But there's nothing we can do now, that shipped has sailed and there's no need to regret about it.
The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee has been investigating whether the opposition KMT's Institute of Revolutionary Practice was built on ill-gotten properties. A person from Taipei's Muzha District said the land of Ancestral Worship Association, a special social group originally established for the purpose of worshipping ancestors, was forcefully taken over by the KMT in 1951, and the land was later marked as property of government property in 1969 and its ownership was then transferred to the institute in 1972. The committee questions Taipei City's decision to give permit to a construction company to build on the land when its possession was involved in ill-gotten property dispute.
If anyone disagrees (with the decision), they should say it, and then we'll act accordingly. We welcome anyone to report issues and we will handle the matter. If all governments in the world are divided into three branches and only the one in Taiwan is divided into five branches, it's rather strange.
As the presidential race enters the final stage, Ko Wen-je, who serves as both Taipei mayor and the chair of the Taiwan People's Party, will take two weeks off starting on December 30 to canvass the streets and drum up support for candidates for his party.