Tsai Ing-wen on blasts: Let the facts speak for themselves
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-10 04:31 PM
Nine days after the pipeline explosions that rocked downtown Kaohsiung, DPP Chair Tsai Ing-wen posted a message on Facebook that the primary need in handling the aftermath of the disaster is to help the victims and their families return to a normal life. She noted that Mayor Chen Chu and the city government team are making every effort to resolve the problems caused by the blasts while looking at other long-term problems related to urban security and the petrochemical industry in Taiwan. Recovery work is proceeding smoothly as funds begin to come in from the central and local governments as well as from private donors across the island. As for the investigation of the accident, Tsai said she believes that everyone should just let the evidence speak for itself.

Tsai noted that the explosions resulted in the death of 30 persons and injuries to more than 300 emergency workers and local residents. She added that strains and stresses in investigations and recovery efforts following the blasts have brought the resignations of two leaders in the Ministry of Economics and four officials of the Kaohsiung Municipal Government.

Tsai said that issues dealing with the long-term well-being of the petrochemical industry and urban security will include conflicts in the public interest re-laying of local pipelines to avoid further danger to area residents, better management in the petrochemical industry and the passage of legislation needed to ensure that matters such as pipelines and public security are more closely regulated in the future. Doing this will require a lot of effort and time, said Tsai, and it must involve input from all elements of society working in cooperation with each other.

Tsai concluded by saying, "As for the investigation of the accident, let the evidence speak for itself. We should not allow too much political posturing and rhetoric to impede work which needs to be completed as soon as possible."

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