‘Drugs can defeat Taiwan’s troops,’ lawmaker warns

Taipei--Following the discovery of a substance believed to be drugs at a military air base in Taichung, central Taiwan, alarmed opposition Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers on Wednesday said that drugs alone would defeat Taiwanese troops.

The finding raised the issue of possible substance abuse in the military.

If drugs are being sold on military bases, there is no point sending Taiwanese troops into battle or wasting money on missiles or aircraft carriers, KMT Legislator Chiang Chi-chen (???) said at a press conference.

"Class-three drugs can undermine Taiwan's military," Chiang said.

His remarks came after 27 packets of a powdery substance or substances, believed to be listed drugs, were discovered on a driveway in Ching Chuan Kang air base on Monday by a routine patrol.

Air Force Command Headquarters said on Tuesday the discovery was reported to military police soon afterwards and initial test results indicate the substance could be amphetamine or ketamine.

As of noon on Wednesday, more than 1,250 servicemen had been tested and all declared drug-free, according to Shih Sheng-te (???), political warfare director at the air base.

At the press conference, KMT Legislator Wang Yu-min (???) said the existing law needs to be amended so selling drugs to soldiers attracts a more severe penalty.

She said the KMT legislative caucus will propose that the law be revised to rectify this situation as such behavior undermines the discipline and combat readiness of the military.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Shih-ying (???) proposed that all new conscripts have to undergo a urine test to prevent drug users from entering the military.

On her Facebook page that day, New Power Party Legislator Hung Tzu-yung (???) said Taiwan has long done little to prevent drug use or provide sufficient anti-drug education programs on campuses and in the military, and urged the government to do more to crack down on drugs.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel