KMT Says Kaohsiung Mayor Should Resign over Fire 城中城究責 高議會藍黨團促陳其邁下台

Two weeks have passed since a fire at Kaohsiung's Chengzhongcheng Building. The Kaohsiung City Council's Kuomintang caucus called on Mayor Chen Chi-mai to take political responsibility by stepping down.


A moment of silence was held before the press conference for the victims of the Chengzhongcheng Building fire. This press conference was convened by the Kaohsiung City Council's Kuomintang caucus. It pointed out that no one from the Kaohsiung City Government has taken any responsibility despite the high casualty number, and said Mayor Chen Chi-mai should take political responsibility by stepping down.
 

Huang Shao-ting, Kaohsiung City Councilor (KMT): “Since Chen Chi-mai took office, Kaohsiung has become notorious for work safety, labor safety, and public safety incompetence. Mayor, you not only failed in municipal administration, but your team has also failed completely.”

The KMT said the municipal team has been lacking in work safety and fire control testing, resulting in this conflagration. In response, the city government said a task force is determining responsibility for the fire, and the results of its investigation will be made public on Oct. 29. It also said Fire Bureau chief Li Ching-hsiu and Public Works Bureau Director Su Chih-hsun have tendered their resignations and it approved them on Oct. 26.


Tung Chien-hung, Director-General, Information Bureau, Kaohsiung City: “Since Chen Chi-mai took office, Kaohsiung has become notorious for work safety, labor safety, and public safety incompetence. Mayor, you not only failed in municipal administration, but your team has also failed completely.”

 

The KMT said the municipal team has been lacking in work safety and fire control testing, resulting in this conflagration. In response, the city government said a task force is determining responsibility for the fire, and the results of its investigation will be made public on Oct. 29. It also said Fire Bureau chief Li Ching-hsiu and Public Works Bureau Director Su Chih-hsun have tendered their resignations and it approved them on Oct. 26.
 

Yeh Yu-ju, Dep. Dir.-General, Social Affairs Bureau, Kaohsiung City: “Mayor Chen Chi-mai believes the two of them have already completed giving assistance to the investigatory task force and the clarification of related evidence has already been completed, so he granted their request to resign.”

 

The city government said the two bureau chiefs tendered their resignations immediately after the fire. However, they were asked to stay. The mayor only agreed to let them resign after the investigation came to an end. Meanwhile, Chengzhongcheng residents are looking for new homes. One has already leased a new residence. As of Oct. 25, 67 households have applied for rent subsidies and 38 have been approved. Eight did not meet the criteria, and the applications of 21 are under review.

Chengzhongcheng Resident: “Think about it, if you have to replace all the appliances destroyed by the fire, then you have to buy a refrigerator, a washing machine, an air conditioner, as well as clothes. Is a rent subsidy of NT$360,000 for two years enough? "

Yeh Yu-ju, Dep. Dir.-General, Social Affairs Bureau, Kaohsiung City: “There are six charitable organizations that will give housewarming gifts that are needed household appliances. ”


The city's Social Affairs Bureau said 21 applications are under review to determine whether the applicants actually lived at Chengzhongcheng at the time of the fire and whether there were shared residences. Anyone who meets the criteria will be given subsidies.

 

 

 

記者會一開始,先替罹難者、傷者默哀,高雄市議會國民黨團召開記者會,認為城中城大火至今,沒人出面負責,要求市長陳其邁下台負政治責任。

國民黨高雄市議員黃紹庭表示:「自從陳其邁上任之後,工安、勞安、治安都是全國惡名昭彰,市長,你不只你沒有把市政做好,你的團隊也完全失靈。」

國民黨團認為市府團隊在工安、消防檢測不夠落實,才造成嚴重傷害,不過,市府表示,究責部份一直由專案小組調查,預估29號結果出爐,消防局長李清秀、工務局長蘇志勳則已於26號請辭獲准。

高市新聞局長董建宏表示:「陳其邁市長認為兩位(消防.工務)局長,已協助完成行政調查小組的工作,釐清相關的事證也告一段落,同意(兩人)請辭。」

市府表示,2位局長在火警發生後第一時間就請辭,但被慰留,隨著調查工作告一段落,市長最後同意兩人請辭。而城中城住戶,從這幾天起陸續找屋,已有1戶租到新房子,到25號已受理67戶申請,核定38戶,不符合8戶,疑義尚須核對21戶。

城中城住戶表示:「(家電燒壞)全部重購置,冰箱、洗衣機、冷氣,所有的衣服,什麼東西全部買的話,你想(2年租金36萬元)夠嗎?」
 

高市社會局副局長葉玉如表示:「有個入厝禮,就是家裡的一些必要的家電,大概有六項 (慈善團體)都會來幫忙。」
 

社會局表示,目前申請戶數中,還有21戶有疑問,主要是釐清是否火災時住在城中城或是是否多人同住一戶,只要確認身分資格符合,一定都會給予補助。

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