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Taipei Mayor Rides Subway and Moped to Work, Netizen Reactions

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From Sina Weibo:

@头条新闻: Taipei mayor stood alone at the door riding the subway – Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-Je had just assumed office for a week and two nights ago, he was discovered by netizens riding the subway with no entourage. Ko’s wife expressed that they both were planning to go to Peitou Hot Springs, and there was a seat so Ko told her to sit down with the people. A Taiwanese netizen joked: Mayor, you shouldn’t use this [transportation] method and appear at this type of place.

Comments on Sina Weibo:

想有自己小店de基仔:

Our mayors are not elected by us…even if we ate at the same table I wouldn’t recognize him….only reporters can chance upon them.

家麟播播娃:

The thousand-evils of democracy pressured this brother to such a degree! This cannot be tolerated! What happened to his personal car and female secretary?

青灯古客:

On the Mainland he would be scolded for putting on a show right?

心怦怦怦跳:

On the Mainland, we only know what our mayor look like when he is about to be fired.

李英俊律师:

There is a big difference between socialist mayors and capitalist mayors…

Mr崔某人:

A Taipei mayor reduced to being so miserly! Truly is the laughing stock our Celestial Kingdom’s officials!

陳俊的見聞色:

News should be contrasted, look at our dynasty’s officials who showed up at the scene of the Heilongjiang fire, all of them made headlines.

路况好:

Because our mayors are not elected by the common people, they don’t have to come out to solicit votes and give speeches…so they are hard to recognize by the public, even if he stood in front of me I wouldn’t recognize him.

杨洋儿baby:

A village head from Shenzhen probably never even taken the subway. Have money, stubborn like that.

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From Sina Weibo:

@山东杨洪: Taipei mayor wearing a raincoat, riding a moped to inspect Chongyang Bridge, really have to endure hardship. Can’t even compare to our village head, what is the point of becoming a mayor? And had to spend all that effort during the election! Really stupid!

Comments on Sina Weibo:

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WAISONWANG:

What a coincidence it was again photographed by a reporter! Would a normal person care about who is this person sitting behind a moped and take a photo in this type of weather and place? Spending all the time during the day just to put on a show, how much time is there left to conduct politics?

博弈人生K线:

A committee chair in a village across the strait have better benefits.

名楼2:

They are elected by the people, our are appointed by the government, how can they be the same? The only thing our mayors know is to drink tea, read newspapers, and hold pointless meetings.

土肥袁先森:

If the Celestial Kingdom also had elections they too would put on all sorts of shows.

crystal果唯VC:

Taiwanese politics is just a show.

刘刘刘先森619:

Even our village heads drive Audis.

人生有棋:

Let time, political achievements and public support validate this.

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Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai

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