MOI confirms vouchers may be missing
By Loa Iok-sin, Flora Wang, Shih Hsiu-chuan and Ko Shu-ling
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009, Page 1
The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) yesterday reiterated that an unknown number of consumer vouchers may have gone missing because of administrative errors at collection centers, but said the exact number was unclear and it had not decided what action to take.
The ministry’s statement came after the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported yesterday that nearly NT$11 million (US$327,000) in vouchers may have been mistakenly distributed.
On Sunday, the government issued vouchers worth NT$3,600 to eligible citizens and residents as part of plans to boost domestic consumption.
“Figures returned from voucher collection centers on Jan. 18 showed that some vouchers had gone missing, but so far, we’re not sure about the exact number,” Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎) told reporters at the ministry’s year-end press conference.
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