People First Party (PFP) legislators yesterday demanded that the government disqualify US-based Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor, from bidding for a tender because the company's former agent in Taiwan, Moo Ko-suen (慕可舜), an ethnic Chinese citizen of South Korea, was arrested in the US last year on charges of spying for China.
"If [Lockheed Martin] wins the bid, it might result in military secrets being leaked to China," PFP legislators told a press conference yesterday.
The legislators made their remarks one day before the conclusion of a Ministry of Transportation and Communications tender process for a second-generation Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management system (CNS/ATM).
"In the past, Moo illegally assisted China in importing F-16 fighters and cruise missiles," PFP legislative caucus whip Lee Hung-chun (
Moo was arrested last November by US authorities and formally accused this February of being a Chinese agent and conspiring to buy and export restricted military equipment.
US court documents alleged on May 17 that during a trip to Florida, Moo inspected an F-16 aircraft engine and transferred US$140,000 to cover costs for its delivery to an airstrip in China. Moo faces up to 30 years in jail.
PFP Legislator Liu Wen-hsiung (
Liu said that the US company had been involved in litigation with the ministry's Civil Aeronautics Administration for 10 years.
"In accordance with the Government Procurement Law (