Promotion standstill for Hung general: MND
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Defense Minister Yen Ming (嚴明) has no plan to promote a two-star general who is tied to the controversial death of an Army conscript, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
In a released statement, the MND refuted a local newspaper report that said Yen proposed to promote Chen Chuan-guan (陳泉官), a Lieutenant General and commander of the 6th Army Corps to Deputy Army Commander.
Calling the Chinese-language Apple Daily report “ungrounded,” the MND yesterday said Yen made no such proposal during a personnel reshuffle review committee meeting held at the MND on Aug. 20.
The MND said the issue regarding Chen's possible promotion was not part of the agenda during the meeting on Aug. 20.
Yen did not bring up the topic during the meeting either, the MND statement said.
Chen's 6th Army Corps is responsible for supervising the 542nd Armored Brigade, the military unit where Corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) served before he died of heatstroke last month after being wrongfully put into disciplinary detention.
Chen had previously been given a demerit as a punishment for poor supervision and inappropriate discipline of the 542nd Brigade that ultimately led to Hung's death on July 3.
The Chinese-language Apple Daily yesterday quoted unidentified military sources to criticize Yen's proposal, saying that Chen should be demoted instead of being promoted following the death of Hung as the incident has seriously damaged the military's image.
The same newspaper report also questioned Yen's decision to promote only two generals in the Army among the total 27 generals that are expected to receive promotions during a latest wave of personnel reshuffling.
The report alleged that Yen, a career Air Force officer, was reluctant to promote Army generals as a result of a power struggle between different branches within the military.
In response, the MND clarified the accusation made in the report, saying that Yen has promoted nine Army generals instead of only two as claimed in the report during the meeting.
The MND added that every promotion had been made according to regulations.