Lawmakers seek to end ex-generals pensions for kowtowing to China

A legislative committee passed a motion Monday calling on the government to cut off the pensions of retired generals suspected of participating in political activities in China.

The motion, proposed by ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators, accused the retired generals of defying government regulations and ignoring the dignity of Taiwan’s people by attending a political rally in Beijing on Nov. 12 marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of China’s founding father Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

They have “severely damaged the feelings of men and women in uniform and violated a soldier’s loyalty to the country,” according to the motion passed by the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign and National Defense Committee.

It requested that the Ministry of National Defense, the Veterans Affairs Council and the Mainland Affairs Council launch a thorough investigation into the retired generals’ alleged participation in the Beijing rally.

It also said the government should “consider taking away their pensions and retrieve the medals that had been awarded to them.”

DPP Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) said he could not accept that former generals of the ROC armed forces sat beside Chinese officials and listened to Communist Chinese leaders who claimed they are the inheritors of Sun’s legacy and threatened to unify Taiwan by force.

According to the National Security Bureau, 32 retired Taiwanese generals attended the Beijing event. Of them, at least one — Wu Sze-huai (吳斯懷) — had been discharged from military service for over three years.

Though the law permits retired generals to travel to China after they have been retired for three years, they still cannot go there to participate in political functions.

As China has not lowered its animosity toward Taiwan, retired generals should make sure that their behavior is not construed as endorsing Chinese government positions, the motion said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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