Fri, Oct 17, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Committee asks former premier to return official car

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The legislature's Organic Laws and Statutes Committee passed a motion yesterday demanding former premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) return his official car as he is no longer premier.

Chang is now the secretary-general of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

"Chang should return his official car, which was assigned to him because of his position as premier," People First Party (PFP) Legislator Kao Ming-chien (高明見) said. "Chang's use of the official car is illegitimate."

Kao and his pan-blue colleagues, including the PFP's Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟), Chen Chin-hsin (陳進興) and Huang Teh-fu (黃德福), initiated the motion during the committee meeting.

The motion said incumbent Premier Yu Shyi-kun must retrieve Chang's car, adding it is imperative to look into any Cabinet official who lets Chang continue to use the vehicle.

But DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) denounced the motion, calling it unfair.

Tuan said the motion singles out Chang and should apply to all former premiers.

Former premiers, including the KMT's Lee Huan (李煥) and Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), continued to use their official cars after they stopped serving as premier, Tuan said.

Former KMT legislative speaker Liu Sung-pan (劉松藩), who is now a PFP lawmaker, also continues to use an official car.

"The preferential treatment for former premiers and presidents of the five major government branches ought to be reviewed regardless of whether the treatment was offered on statutory grounds," Tuan said.

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