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Legislators accuse generals of moving to PRC on pensions

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday accused a number of retired generals of having relocated to China or purchased real estate there while accepting life-time monthly paychecks from the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

DPP Legislator Charles Chiang (江昭儀) told a press conference that he respected many retired generals and understood their idolization of dictator Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) as it was natural for them to be loyal even though Chiang Kai-shek was a dictator. He said however that he could not tolerate retired generals accepting government money and relocating to China.

"A retired general's monthly life-time paycheck is approximately NT$180,000 [US$5,455], in addition to free medical services," Charles Chiang said. "Now they are using the money and spending it in China."

"Chiang Kai-shek would definitely have these people executed if he were alive," he said.

DPP Legislator Huang Chao-hui (黃昭輝) at the press conference named retired Army generals Hsu Li-nong (許歷農) and Cheng Ting-chung (陳廷寵), lieutenant-generals Hsiao Cheng-chi (蕭正之), Tso Yao-hui (左耀輝) and Pan Li-men (潘禮門), Major-General Wu Chao (吳招) and Military Police Lieutenant-General Liu Da-peng (劉大鵬).

No legal documents were provided by Huang to substantiate his allegations.

The ministry declined to comment on the DPP lawmakers' claims.

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