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Military must not fear 'washing its dirty linen in public:' President

Military must not fear 'washing its dirty linen in public:' President

Taipei, June 26 (CNA)
President Ma Ying-jeou urged the military Friday not to be afraid of public exposure of its problems but rather should face up to and deal with any adverse issues that arise.
Addressing a military promotion ceremony, Ma said that while there has been a reduction in the number of law violations and breaches of discipline in the military in recent years, there are still some problems.
Senior military officers should confront any problems or irregularities they discover in their units, Ma said.
The military should "not be afraid of washing its dirty linen in public," he said, mentioning a recent breach of military discipline that was highly publicized and criticized in Taiwan.
At the center of the scandal was Lt. Col. Lao Nai-cheng, then deputy head of a helicopter squadron in Taoyuan under the Army Aviation Special Forces Command, who was removed from his post after it was found that he had given a group of civilians access to Taiwan's AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, in breach of military regulations.
It was also revealed that Lao had worn an Apache flight helmet as part of a Halloween costume at a party at his home.
The incidents adversely affected morale in the military, Ma said, but added that they may have created an opportunity for reform. He encouraged the military to use criticism as motivation to improve its environment.
When there is a problem, the military should take the approach of "facing it, dealing with it and solving it," Ma said. This will help prevent a recurrence of similar issues, he added.
At Friday's ceremony, 29 general officers received promotion, which will take effect July 1, according to the Ministry of National Defense. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-20 05:20 GMT+08:00