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New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu yesterday vowed to investigate bribe taking allegations after reports by local media implicated city officials involved in ensuring safety precautions at the Formosa Fun Park (八仙樂園). In reporting by local magazine Next Magazine, New Taipei officials have been accused of taking bribes from the park officials in the form of admissions tickets.
According to the report, seven city officials arrived at the Formosa Fun Park on June 18, nine days before the blast in which they pocketed a stack of tickets from park officials. The magazine claims that this exchange prevented proper safety checks from being completed. The total value of tickets given to the seven city officials may have amounted to NT$20,000, according to Next.
Event and park organizers are being investigated for their role behind the dust explosion incident last month which has claimed nine lives and injured more than 500 in New Taipei’s Bali District.
The original article can be found at www.chinapost.com.tw