Mon, Dec 10, 2007 - Page 1 News List

Chiang seeks help on mausoleums

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Faced with President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) determination to remove the military guard from the mausoleums of dictator Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and his son, former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator John Chiang (蔣孝嚴) said yesterday that he would seek help from Taoyuan County Commissioner Chu Li-lun (朱立倫) to have the county government take over management of the two facilities.

John Chiang, the grandson of Chiang Kai-shek and son of Chiang Ching-kuo, said that information he had received from Taoyuan residents indicated that the mausoleums in Tzuhu (慈湖) and Touliao (頭寮) helped strengthen Taoyuan County's ties with "the history of the Republic of China."

Keeping the mausoleums in the county was also good for the local tourism industry, John Chiang said.

At a campaign event for a group of Democratic Progressive Party legislative candidates in Taipei on Friday night, the president said the military guards posted at the two mausoleums would be withdrawn early next year.

Chen also said he hoped the mausoleums would soon be relocated, as previously requested by the Chiang family.

The Chiang family made a request to the military in 2004 that the bodies be transferred to a military cemetery at Wuchih Mountain (五指山), Taipei County, where Chiang Kai-shek's other son, Weigo Chiang (蔣緯國), is buried, along with other military officers.

The relocation has not been carried out, however, because some members of the Chiang family are against it.

John Chiang said on Saturday that he was against the idea of Chen hosting any possible future relocation ceremony.

"As long as Chen is in office, I would not agree with having him host the burials because that would be an insult to my late grandfather and father," he said.

John Chiang said he might seek to amend the State Funeral Law (國葬法) if he wins re-election next month.

The current law, which took effect in 1948, stipulates that the Ministry of the Interior and "the local government of the capital" should choose a location in the capital to establish a state cemetery for those who were buried with a state funeral.

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