Defense minister apologizes to Cabinet

TEXT MESSAGE:Feng Shih-kuan apologized for the ministry’s disclosure of Ministry of Justice drug test records during a report to a legislative committee on Thursday

Taip[ei Times
Date: Mar 06, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) has apologized to Premier Lin

Ching Chuan Kang Air Base director Major General Wang Te-yang, center, and colleagues yesterday salute at a news conference at the base in Taichung after he apologized to the public for the recent drug abuse scandal at the base. Photo: Lee Chung-hui, Taipei Times

Chuan (林全) and other members of the Cabinet for his ministry dragging other agencies into a snowballing drug abuse scandal.

The Ministry of National Defense made a formal report to the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee on Thursday about the discovery of suspected amphetamines and drug paraphernalia at the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung on Feb. 20 and drug screening that found eight base personnel testing positive for Category 1 drugs.

The report did not say much about the investigation into the case, but stressed the military’s drug abuse prevention efforts, highlighting the relatively low percentage of military personnel with addiction problems (0.08 percent) compared with groups of citizens regulated by other Cabinet agencies such as the Ministry of Education, which has said there is a 4.66 percent suspected drug abuse rate among students.

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