From today's Taipei Times:
Ko plays down housing loan comment
taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ ... 2003612127
"...Ko also advocated imposing heavy taxes on homes bigger than 20 ping (66m2)...."
Is he fucking kidding? A 20-ping house is a closet, though indeed many people in Taipei are forced to live in such cramped quarters. A typical family of four can be reasonably comfortable living in a 40-ping house. It is not so unusual for a middle class family to own a 60-ping house outside of central Taipei, though at current prices in Taipei proper that would cost a bundle.
It's hard for me to see how forcing people into smaller apartments is going to lower housing prices in Taipei. Although land is scarce, this is a city where you can always build taller buildings. It's not for lack of space to build that prices are high, it's rampant speculation that's driving the market.
If Ma Ying-jeou or any KMT politician in Taipei made such a statement, the DPP, Taipei Times and the Forumosa majority green contingent would go ballistic. But it's Ko, so he gets a pass.
Really, if he doesn't start to think before he opens his mouth, he's not even going to be a one-term mayor.