Thu, Sep 13, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Legislators query auditor candidate

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Lin Ching-lung (林慶隆), the president's candidate for auditor-general at the Ministry of Audit -- the position charged with supervising the execution of government budgets -- yesterday vowed to remain neutral if he is nominated.

Legislators held a question-and-answer plenary session to review President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) nomination to replace 80-year-old Su Chen-ping (蘇振平), who has served in the position for three consecutive six-year terms since 1989.

Lin said he once registered as a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) member at senior high school at the request of his military instructor, but he had lost contact with the party a long time ago.

"I am not a KMT member anymore and will not join any [political] party in the future," he said, answering a question by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Charles Chiang.

Chiang urged Lin to send a letter to the KMT to formally renounce his membership.

KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) asked how the Government Information Office had funded the promotional campaign for the DPP's UN bid proposal. Lin said the ministry had sent a letter asking for an explanation.

KMT lawmakers claim the cost of advertising the government's UN proposal was covered by other government agencies and state-owned enterprises.

Lin's confirmation vote is scheduled for Friday.

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