Huang Kuo-chang backs Huang Shan-shan for Taipei mayor race
Legislator Huang Kuo-chang reveals his considerations for Taipei mayor in an exclusive radio interview, hinting at potential mayoral roles in New Taipei City, Taoyuan, or Hsinchu. Party chairman Ko Wen-je’s plans for the 2026 local elections and Huang’s ＂responsible district＂ in New Taipei City are also discussed.
Over 40 NTU programs reveal stricter thesis rules
National Taiwan University (NTU) has announced the graduate thesis quality and review standards for over 40 departments or degree programs, with the exception of the department involved in past plagiarism disputes. The Graduate Institute of National Development, which was implicated in the rescission of degrees awarded to former Hsinchu City mayor Lin Chih-chien and Vice Premier Cheng Wen-tsan, has not yet released its thesis verification policy. In response, NTU’s Office of Academic Affairs expressed regret over the disputes and implemented measures to enhance the quality of graduate theses. Some departments are still discussing the new directions. Under the new policy, each department is required to establish their own evaluation mechanisms, which may include limitations on the number of graduate students per professor, originality standards for theses, and a threshold for acceptable content similarity.
Hsinchu Mayor Ann Kao faces dual legal challenges
Hsinchu Mayor Ann Kao is set to appear in Taipei District Court on Wednesday, December 27, as the defendant in two separate legal matters. In the morning case, Kao is accused of defamation by Tario Ong, a business professor at Western Washington University, who claimed on social media that Kao’s doctoral thesis contained unreferenced data from the Institute for Information Industry. After Kao reported Ong for aggravated defamation and the prosecutor chose not to indict, Ong filed a countersuit. In the afternoon case, Kao is facing charges of fraudulently claiming assistant fees during her time as a legislator. The Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office has charged Kao with fraudulently obtaining NT＄460,030 in wages and overtime pay for her assistants, resulting in charges of embezzlement and forgery. The courtroom may face an overflow of observers from the Hsinchu City Government. The cases are ongoing with further developments pending.
DPP calls for investigation into Ko’s alleged land misuse
Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je is facing allegations of illegal usage of farmland in Hsinchu, which has sparked controversy. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Cho Kuan-ting claimed on Facebook that industrial waste, including bricks, cement, and steel bars, was found during the excavation of the farmland’s parking lot. He called for a legal investigation and urged Hsinchu Mayor Ann Kao to take Ko Wen-je into custody. The Hsinchu City Government confirmed that the farmland, owned by Ko, was not being used for farming and demanded modifications within 30 days. Ko admitted that the farmland had been used as a parking lot for tour buses without proper authorization for the past two years. He pledged to pay the income tax owed and donate the parking lot’s earnings. Ko also sought assistance from TPP legislator-at-large nominee Huang Kuo-chang to handle the issue legally. Cho accused Ko of knowingly violating the law and emphasized that he should take responsibility for the damaged farmland. The allegations against Ko may have implications for his presidential campaign.
KMT Chairman Chu predicts major gains in legislative seats
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu expressed optimism about the nomination of the Hou-Jaw ticket, stating that it has boosted party morale and is projected to increase the party’s number of legislative constituencies by more than ten. Chu estimated that the KMT is likely to secure 14 to 15 legislator-at-large seats, which would give them an absolute majority in the Legislative Yuan. He highlighted the stable political landscape in the Taipei-Keelung area, the advantage in the Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli area, and potential progress in the southern regions, including Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pintung. Chu also mentioned the strong performance of Mayor Chang San-cheng in Taoyuan and the popularity of former legislator Li Yen-hsiu in Taipei’s 4th election district. Despite criticism over the presence of second-generation officials on the KMT legislator-at-large list, Chu defended their selection, citing their substantial contributions to the public and their professions.
Ko is the main force splitting KMT votes: Yao Li-ming
The story discusses the role of Ko Wen-je, chairman of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), in splitting the Kuomintang (KMT) votes since the 2018 Taipei Mayoral election. Yao Li-ming, campaign director for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential hopeful Lai Ching-te, claims that the DPP’s decision to nominate Pasuya Yao for the mayoral race was a strategic move to distinguish themselves from Ko. Yao also highlights how Ko has shifted his focus away from securing the green camp’s vote in the 2022 election. Additionally, Yao argues that the KMT and TPP cannot form a union due to their differing natures and suggests that the potential candidacy of Foxconn founder Terry Gou has a greater impact on Ko and Hou than on Lai.
TPP suspends Hsinchu mayor’s party rights
Taiwan People’s Party temporarily suspends Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an over embezzlement allegations. Mayor Kao faces indictment under the ＂Anti-Corruption Act＂ while maintaining her innocence. Get the latest updates on this political development.
DPP criticizes Ko Wen-je’s attitude towards Hsinchu mayor
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) criticized Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je’s handling of controversies surrounding Hsinchu City Mayor Kao Hung-an during a press conference on Wednesday (Sept. 13).
Mayor Chiang addresses alleged fraud by Kao Hung-an
Taipei Mayor’s response to allegations of fraud by Hsinchu City Mayor Kao Hung-an and KMT Chairman’s support for her. Impact on TPP, KMT, and upcoming elections.
Hsinchu mayor contests indictment, cites political motive
Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an’s indictment sparks controversy as she challenges the charges, alleging political motivation. Premier Chen Chien-jen urges focus on judicial proceedings. Get the latest updates on this case.
Ko Wen-je voices support for indicted Hsinchu Mayor
Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an and four others were indicted on corruption charges, drawing criticism from TPP Chairman Ko Wen-je. The case highlights transparency issues in the investigation process. Stay updated on this developing story.
Terry Gou voices support for Hsinchu mayor’s integrity
Business tycoon Terry Gou expresses support for Hsinchu Mayor Kao Hung-an amidst her indictment on embezzlement charges. Gou emphasizes belief in Kao’s integrity — charges filed over misused assistant expenses for personal items.
Hsinchu Mayor faces indictment over corruption allegations
Hsinchu City Mayor Kao Hung-an and four others indicted on corruption charges. Prosecution seeks appropriate sentencing for exploiting positions and misusing funds.
All eyes on Hsinchu mayoral candidates before elections
The 9-in-1 elections will unfold on Saturday. As the center of science and technology in Taiwan and home to TSMC, Hsinchu’s political and economic status is highly important in the country.