MND blasted for NT$1.6-billion officers' car replacement plans
By Joseph Yeh , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of National Defense's (MND) plan to spend more than NT$1.6 billon to replace old official vehicles with brand new ones in the next six years drew criticism from the Legislative Yuan yesterday.
October 24, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
According to a report released by the Budget Center of the Legislative Yuan, the MND has proposed to spend NT$1.67 billion to buy a total of 2,236 official vehicles to replace those that have been in use for more than 15 years to serve as transportation for military generals and colonels.
The Budget Center cast doubt over the MND's proposal on the large-scale automobiles replacement, saying that the military has no reason to replace more than one-third of its in-use vehicles, especially as it is undergoing extensive personnel downsizing.
The Budget Center said the military previously announced that Taiwan's armed forces would be downsized to around 197,000 from the current 245,000 by 2014.
With the huge downsize in troops, the Budget Center said it is illogical for the military to spend a fortune to replace more than 2,000 vehicles because the number of generals and colonels will be cut down as well.
To save taxpayers money, the MND should use more rental cars to serve as transportation for senior military personnel instead of spending a vast sum to buy new ones, it said.