Fri, Dec 26, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Lawmaker says professor who criticized president should step down

By Brian Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

A military medical college professor who had mocked President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) while giving lectures to officers in the combined logistics command in October was urged to step down yesterday.

DPP Legislator Chang Ching-fang (張清芳) said professor Pan Jung-kuang (潘榕光) should take responsibility for his behavior.

"Pan is a liar. The Taichung-based Chungtai Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, which hired him, should consider whether Pan is still fit to be a teacher. It is better not to let this kind of teacher do more harm to the students," Chang said in a press conference at the legislature yesterday.

He criticized Pan for his mockery of Chen in front of military officers.

Chang said Pan engaged in "improper behavior" during four lectures he gave to more than 200 officers of the combined logistics command in October.

Pan was a career officer who had just retired from the military early this year. He had been teaching for years at the Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, where he had been the chairman of the engineering department. After retiring from the military, he got a job at the Taichung-based medical college.

Pan has been invited for two consecutive years by the combined logistics command to give lectures to medium-ranked officers on the prevention of nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.

Pan did not create any trouble last year. But this year, Pan seemed to become a different man.

During the four lectures in October, Pan compared Chen to a man "whose brain could be cured by radiation therapy" and "who was so incompetent that all his followers became crazy."

Chang said he called the press conference because Pan did not show any sign of regret for his insulting of the president.

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