While urging the legislature to pass the arms procurement budget in a timely fashion, pro-Taiwan independence advocates yesterday also gave a note of appreciation to the pan-blues, affirming their efforts to lower the total amount of the arms purchase.
"I must give the pan-blue camp some credit instead of criticism," said Ng Chiau-tong (黃昭堂), Taiwan Hand-in-Hand Alliance leader.
Ng made the remark at a press conference held to urge the legislature to approve the long-pending NT$6.3 billion (US$191 million) arms procurement proposal for 12 P-3C surveillance aircraft, eight diesel submarines and 384 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC) 3 missile batteries.
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Ng went on to say that when it comes to national defense, everybody should temporarily abandon his or her political orientation because "national defense is everybody's responsibility."
The only priority is to get things done, he said, adding that to do that, everybody should practice mutual respect.
"It is like courting a girl. You need to do something if you want her to be your girl. You cannot just continue to complain about her hair, her dress and such, or else she will just walk away and you will be left alone," Ng said.
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"What they do now is simply ignore it. But, they should investigate why it is so expensive or simply work out a solution through discussions instead of cursing for nothing and talking nonsense on TV every day," Cheng said.
"They are making no progress and this issue is not going any further, which concerns us a lot," he said.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
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