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KMT old guard’s planned visit to Itu Aba angers legislators

‘PROVOCATIVE MOVE’:DPP legislators said the delegation of KMT officials with military escorts is intended only to create headaches for Tsai Ing-wen

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

An extemporaneous motion was proposed and approved by committee members to freeze the budget for the ministry to fund the visit.

“We see it as a private visit, planned by Ma for people connected with the KMT and holding senior party positions. The trip to Taiping Island has high costs in terms of aircraft fuel, the mobilization of coast guard and military personnel, fighter jet escorts, ships to deliver supplies and other expenditures. Therefore, these KMT officials should pay the bills themselves. The coast guard and defense ministry should not foot the bill for them. That is the purpose for approving this motion,” DPP Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (蔡適應) said.

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