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Taichung Should Get More Attention (Update)

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2010/new/oct/1/today-p6.htm

Hsieh brought up some very valid points here.  What exactly happened to the pipe dream of Guggenheim Museum in Taichung?  What happened to the Opera House?  And other issues such a vibrant organize crime activities and the decay in the commercial zones near the Taichung train station?  It’s quite interesting no body pay a closer attention to this things over the years.  People are way too easy on mayor Hu.  No one really holds him accountable.  It does not seem to matter whether he and his team messed things up in Taichung.  Even many people in Taichung do not seem to care, which is really weird. 

My personal feeling is that Taichung should have become much better.  But perhaps people don’t pay attention because Taichung does not have huge budget like those in Taipei, and perhaps it is because there are no shocking news that everyone understands immediately (such as the problems at the flower expo).  Or perhaps, people only look at the new condo.  Nevertheless, there are issues…and they surely and quietly accumulated over the past decade.  It is this type of issues that are difficult to detect but still have profound impact.

Pan green recently keeps talking about the problems of flower expo in Taipei.  Pan blue keeps attacking the flood in Kaohsiung (in which some accusations are really ridiculous).  Those are all recent events and obviously they should talk about it, but funny how people did not talk about Taichung’s problems that long a few months ago when that murder occurred with police presence.  Now, do we even get a solid closure on that case?  NO!  For example, the police, how many are engaged with organized crime and to what level?  And what are the solutions to this long time crime problems in Taichung?  No one knows, and it seems no one gives a f**k. 

Ma had some seriously messed up project in Taipei, but when Hu spend millions on some illusive project planning no one seems to care.  Maybe similar to Ma, people will only look back at Taichung if one day Hu becomes the President, by then it would be too late.  People should really start to examine Hu’s term as Taichung mayor.  People do not have to attack him personally, but people need to examine what he had done in the past 8 years, because there are some serious problems and maybe even problems people do not know much about.  There is no point to go easy on him.

I have a feeling that people for some reason are really treating Hu like a fragile vase, similar to how people treat Ma before he became the president, maybe even worse.  That is why people say Hu has “good PR skill.”  But I think Hu, similar to Ma, is actually quite arrogant, based on the speech and Q&A he gave in media.  I think this is really stupid because they are head of a country or city.  People should at least hold them to some basic standards, not just evaluate them based on how “charming” they are (once again I don’t really understand why people think Ma and Hu are charismatic…to me they just aren’t…maybe it’s the media, who knows).

Update:  More new “discovery” from Hsiefinally DPP is paying serious attention to Taichung. 

9 Years is Really Enough

The recent mafia shoot out incident in Taichung City involving 4 police men is not the main focal point.  KMT and Mayor Hu tried to blame this on the police chief of Taichung and looking at this as a single incident, but it’s not.  The real question is why has Taichung City gradually became a hotbed of organized crimes for the past 15 or so years?  This single incident is but a small tip of a much larger iceberg.

Of course, this transformation did not start from Hu’s time, but his inability to make any meaningful and beneficial changes in Taichung City is quite obvious.  His single major plan of building a Guggenheim museum in Taichung City was a total failure.  I think it’s safe to say that he is not a capable mayor.

However, it is indeed a puzzlement that Hu enjoys high popularity even though most of his ability is widely recognized as poor.  Some say it is because of his PR skills.  However, PR skill alone is not enough, you need media friendliness.  And indeed, once again pan blue media played a major role in carefully shielding Hu from any blames.  Many Taichung Citizens, furthermore, choose to naively believe his sweet talks because they like his moderate personality.

As people blame Hu for his inability, one also has to look at how the citizens treating the officials.  If the citizens are being passive, being way too forgiving to the intentional and unintentional mistakes, how can the city improve?  Taichung has given Hu 9 years.  Given his not so great performance, that is really enough.  If Taichung citizens give Hu another term, one really has to wonder: what are they thinking?

Related Link: This is actually quite funny, but true lol.

Update: this could be an interesting development.  More followups and confirmations are required though.  However, if it is indeed so, then the side effects and things that people worried about the Chinese tourism deal really come true then.  It is not unreasonable – given the lex security and the convenience, a hitman from China might have a greater chance of succeeding than a domestic hitman.  Looks like the organize crime are also going cross strait.  The government needs to really pay attention to this type of development because it could have a davastating effect in Taiwan’s society.

Taichung’s Future?

Taichung has a future?  I haven’t heard people talking about it for a while.  But here is Taichung City Mayoral candicate 林佳龍 of DPP talking about it.  I posted this video because very few people talk about Taichung’s election.  DPP should pay some attention to Taichung as well because KMT’s Hu IMO is only good at PR but not much else.  It might not be completely hopeless.