KMT lawmakers yesterday accused the government of replacing the chief of the Hualien County Police Bureau because he refused to stump for DPP candidate You Ying-lung (
But the police chief being replaced, Chang Lin (
"I don't understand how someone could say such a thing since my transfer is a promotion," Chang said.
He will become superintendent of the Kaohsiung Municipal Police Bureau after the by-election, to be held on Aug. 5.
KMT legislative leader Liu Cheng-hung (
"We suspect that National Police Administration [NPA] Director General Chang Si-liang (
Liu demanded the NPA chief to explain the reasons behind the decision to transfer Chang Lin, as well as his own appearance in Hualien, which Liu said increased the workload of local policemen.
Chang Si-liang accompanied Interior Minister Yu Cheng-hsien (
Their presence increased the burden on local police officers who had been working overtime since campaigning for the election campaign began, Liu said.
"I believe that Hualien residents would welcome their arrival and enhancing the crackdown on vote-buying. But is that really a serious problem here?" Liu asked.
In Taipei, KMT lawmaker Cheng criticized Chang Lin's successor, Aviation Police Bureau Deputy Commissioner Chen Po-hsuan (陳伯壎). Cheng suggested Chen was chosen because he was Chang Si-Liang's subordinate in the aviation police.
Cheng argued that Chang Lin was a victim of political fighting in the Hualien by-election that had extended to Taipei.
DPP Legislator Chen Chin-jun (
"Chang was among four police officials whose transfers were announced by the NPA on Monday. He was promoted to a new post that would locate the police director closer to his residence in Tainan," Chen said.
Chen said that the appearance of top police and justice officials in Hualien demonstrated the administration's resolution in cracking down on campaign bribery.
"It is an open secret that the KMT bought votes around the island during the past presidential election in 2000. The government therefore felt that it must carry out the crackdown," Chen added.
The NPA said yesterday that Chang Lin's transfer had nothing to do with the election.
"Since the position of the chief inspector of the Kaohsiung City Police Department is a superior position, Chang was actually promoted," said Tsai Fu-lung (