‘TRAITOR’:The amendment seeks to strip benefits for former leaders deemed to have hurt the nation’s dignity, following Lee Teng-hui’s talk about the war and Japan
Date: Sep 09, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The legislature’s Procedure Committee yesterday placed Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)
Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang’s (呂學樟) proposal to eliminate benefits accorded the nation’s retired leaders if they “offend the nation’s dignity” on the agenda of the legislature’s new plenary session, which opens next week.
Lu’s proposed amendment to the Act of Courtesy for Former Presidents and Vice Presidents (卸任總統副總統禮遇條例) is widely seen as being targeted at former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝).
He was among the KMT lawmakers who last month castigated Lee, labeling him a “traitor to the Han people,” after the former president gave an interview to a Japanese magazine, which quoted him as saying Japan was once his motherland and claiming that there was no war of resistance against Japan in Taiwan during World War II. [FULL STORY]