Thu, Jul 22, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ Health

Forum to be held

The Department of Health will hold a public forum based on a "Western model" to solicit public views and attitudes on the issue of surrogate motherhood for the government's reference in policy making. Lin Kuo-ming (林國明), an associate professor of National Taiwan University who will help organize the forum, said a preparatory meeting will be held on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, while the formal meeting will be held from Sept. 11 to Sept. 18. Lin said that between 12 and 20 people who are not specialists on the subject will be invited to first read related information and then listen to experts' views on surrogate motherhood. Their conclusions will be written up in a report, he said. Those who would like to take part can visit the Web site or call (02) 2363-0231 for more information.

■ Society

US scholarships offered

Kansas State University is offering grants to Aboriginal students to study in the US, offering each Aboriginal student US$10,000 for college or graduate study. The program, sponsored by Taiwanese alumni Lien Hua-chi (連華圻) and his wife Ho Mei-Hsien (何美賢), is designed to offer more international learning opportunities to Aboriginal students, who often have inferior resources, and to improve Aboriginals' lives through education. Students applying for the grants are required to submit grade reports, letters of recommendation and proposals describing how they will contribute to their communities after studying in the US. For more information, call Ms.Wu at (02) 2396-1166 extension 1852 or send e-mail to

■ Government

Compensation approved

The Cabinet yesterday approved draft amendments to the Statute Governing the Management of Law Enforcement Officers (警察人員管理條例) in order to take better care of law enforcement officers who are seriously injured in the line of duty, and of the families of those who die or are seriously injured. Under the draft, the Cabinet would earmark money to pay the medical and living expenses of law enforcement officers who become partially or fully handicapped in the line of duty and lose their ability to make a living. The Cabinet would also like to earmark money to pay the educational expenses of the children of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty until the children become of age or finish their college educations.

■ Crime

Malaysian police sieze drugs

Malaysian Police arrested three people and seized 735,000 ringgit (US$193,400) worth of a drug similar to ecstacy that was allegedly smuggled in from Taiwan, officials said yesterday. Kuala Lumpur narcotics chief Othman Harun said the suspects -- a Malaysian couple and their friend -- were detained at a luxury condominium in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday after police found them with about 50,000 pills of Eremin 5, a new synthetic drug considered an alternative to ecstasy. Othman told reporters that the pills had been stashed in biscuit tins and carried as hand luggage through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. He declined to reveal when the pills were smuggled in or if the three suspects were couriers who had brought the drugs into Malaysia, saying investigations were ongoing and police may make more arrests.

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