Freezes of submarine budget proposed

PROTOTYPE PLANS: KMT lawmakers who proposed freezes criticized one by a DPP legislator, saying it was doubtful that Washington would grant export permits

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 11, 2020
By: Aaron Tu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Tsai Shih-ying, second left, and Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang, third left, participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for an indigenous vessel project at CSBC Corp, Taiwan’s Keelung shipyard yesterday.
Photo: Lin Hsin-han, Taipei Times

It is the legislature’s job to oversee and, if necessary, freeze budgets, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday after criticism that Taiwan’s indigenous submarine development was being hindered by legislators calling for funds to be withheld.

Citing concerns over export licenses and blueprint designs, lawmakers from across party lines have pushed for a motion to freeze a portion of the budget for the submarine project, which has been earmarked to receive NT$10.51 billion (US$368.69 million) for construction of a prototype.

KMT Legislator Ma Wen-chun (馬文君) proposed a freeze on NT$5 billion, citing failure to complete procedural requirements before starting a detailed design for the prototype.

KMT Legislator Wen Yu-hsia (溫玉霞) proposed a freeze of NT$2 billion; Chiang (江啟臣) proposed NT$1 billion and KMT Legislator Lu Yu-ling (呂玉玲) proposed NT$20 million.

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