Drawings for the Taipei Bear Vouchers 2.0 was held on Oct. 25. Nearly 700 thousand vouchers were given out. There are concerns that such event is Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's way of canvassing support for his party for the year end election. Ko denied such claim.
The draw of winners for the Bear Vouchers 2.0 for use in Taipei was done on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Nearly 1.68 million participants signed up for a chance to win, but only 696,000 sets of vouchers were given out.
Reporter: “Have you thought about what you want to do if you won the vouchers?”
Participant: “Eat and drink and be merry!”
Participant: “I would go see an exhibition at the Taipei Performing Arts Center or watch a performance. ”
According to the Taipei City Government statistics, most people signed up for food and shopping vouchers, and market and stall vouchers. The hardest vouchers to win are accommodation vouchers and market and stall vouchers. Some people questioned whether drawing and announcing lucky winners before the local elections was a way of canvassing support from the public.
Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “It is out of respect that we waited for the budget review to be done first at the councilors' meeting before doing the draw. We just went along the timeline that's all.”
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je denied the claim. Meanwhile, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te recently announced that all young adults in Taiwan who will be turning 18-year-old next year are eligible of receiving NT$1,200 worth of arts vouchers in 2023. The media also questioned whether that is a form of canvassing support.
Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “This is the biggest pressure for us politicians. How do we choose between making our citizens happy and making long-term plans for the country? This is a pretty hard topic.”
Ko said there is no free lunch; there is a limitation to a nation's budget. The government should carefully contemplate on how to maximize budget performance.
柯文哲說國家經費有限，天底下也沒有白吃的午餐，經費如何使用 ? 政府恐怕得好好思量，才能發揮最大效益。