Commission calls for the removal of Chiang Kai-shek from Taiwanese currency | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In its biannual report, the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) called yesterday (December 17) for the removal of images of Tchang Kai-shek (蔣介石) from Taiwanese currency due to their authoritarian symbolism .

In a press conference yesterday, acting commission chairman Yang Tsui (楊 翠) said the commission recommends that in addition to the many authoritarian symbols that should be removed from the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, the Chiang Kai-shek’s likeness should be removed from Taiwanese currency. She specifically listed the NT $ 1 (US $ 0.032), NT $ 5, the old NT $ 10 coins and the NT $ 200 banknote as the currency that should be changed to remove Chiang’s image, ETtoday reported.

Yang said a formal notice was sent to the Central Bank of Taiwan asking them to provide the estimated cost to amend the 2000, 2002, 2005 editions of the paper notes, before the changes were considered, negotiated and discussed. . Shih Tsuen-hua (施 遵 驊), general manager of the bank’s issuance department, said yesterday it was the first time the TJC had contacted him about changes to the national currency.

Yang noted that due to the massive popularity of claw machines, the Central Bank will issue more NT $ 10 coins next year. She then asked, if the Central Bank was already going to issue a lot of coins for the crane claw craze, “Why not change them in the name of transitional justice?” “

As it has been almost 20 years since a major change was made to the currency, Shih said it will be necessary to review the accounting records of the last time such changes were made to be able to provide an estimate of the cost. potential.

Asked by CNA whether the Central Bank would withdraw Chiang from the national currency, Shih said the Central Bank would not release comments on issues that have not been confirmed. It is up to the TJC to decide whether the currency is a symbol of authoritarianism and should be abolished, Shih said.

Shih concluded by saying that the Taiwan dollar banknotes currently in circulation are in good condition and the Central Bank has no plans to revise their design.

Janice J. Kostka