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DPP lawmakers question whether MND exercising double standard

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-26 19:39:22

    Taipei, March 26 (CNA) A group of ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators questioned Wednesday the Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) taking to task a conscript's appearance at a campaign rally while turning a blind eye to what they described as a similar case involving a senior general.

    The legislators were referring to Gen. Fei Horng-po, a strategic

    adviser to President Chen Shui-bian, who attended a Feb. 26 seminar in which Ma presented his national security policy.

    The legislators made the move after the military decided to call a personnel evaluation meeting to discuss whether to punish Hsieh Wei-chou, son of defeated DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh, who is doing his compulsory military service on the outlying island of Matsu, for violating administrative neutrality by showing up in his father's campaign rally on the eve of the March 22 presidential election.

    Asked to comment on the issue, military spokeswoman Lisa Chi said the relevant authorities are looking into the matter and will deal with it accordingly if Gen. Fei is found to have violated administrative neutrality.

    Meanwhile, the DPP lawmakers also urged their KMT counterparts not to adopt a "double standard" by harshly criticizing Hsieh while making almost no mention of Fei's situation. Yeh Yi-jin, a whip of the DPP legislative caucus, said the KMT should be "humane" and deal with the cases fairly.

    DPP Legislator Lin Shu-fen argued that Hsieh Wei-chou, as a common soldier who wields no power, could not have violated administrative neutrality.

    Fei, rather than Hsieh, is the one who should be punished because he has a lot more administrative resources at his disposal, according to the legislators.

(By Y.F. Low)

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