17 February 2020 - 23 Shevat 5780 - כ"ג שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
Taipei mayor sits on airport floor causing a stir back home E-mail

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, who recently participated in the 33rd International Mayors Conference, held in Israel, has been criticised by other politicians in Taiwan for a photo showing him sitting on the floor at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as he charged his mobile phone.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also been criticised for not arranging access to the VIP lounge for the mayor.

The photo, posted on 27 February, shows Ko casually sitting cross-legged on the floor of the airport as he scrolls through and charges his cell phone.

The photo was part of a series of images from his five-day trip to Israel, where he met with leaders to discuss ways of fostering new innovative industries in their cities.

“I think such an advanced airport must also have sockets for everyone to use. Those who deliberately do not use them and instead look for a corner to sit on the ground and pretend to be charging their phone are too pretentious, arrogant. It’s not the way a naive, natural, plain man would behave,” said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councillor Wang Shih-cheng Kuomintang (KMT) Taipei City Councillor Wang Chihping wrote: “You say he’s honest? Or is he destroying the image of Taipei? Which is it?” In an interview with Apple Daily, Wang said that as the head of the city, Ko should have staff help him recharge his phone batteries at the airport.

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