Sat, Sep 11, 2004 - Page 2 News List

TSU legislator lines up attack on aging military symbolism

CNA , TAIPEI

A Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) legislator yesterday urged the Ministry of National Defense to promote the localization or "Taiwanization" of martial songs to boost native consciousness among military personnel.

TSU Legislator Ho Min-hau (何敏豪) said he applauded the ministry's recent reforms, including the phasing out of slogan-chanting during assembly in the morning and evening.

Nevertheless, Ho said, the ministry should speed up other reforms, particularly the eradication of China-themed martial songs and slogans.

Ho said the popular martial song I Love China should be retitled "I love Taiwan."

"China is our enemy. Why should a soldier sing such a song? It's very ironic. Those songs only confuse our troops and make them unaware of who they should fight for," he said.

He suggested that the ministry sponsor a contest to create new martial songs with Tai-wanese themes to enhance the troops' identification with the country.

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