Kinmen Residents Overjoyed(1) with Commemorative Vouchers
Kinmen County Government issued the first-ever(2) "Commemorative Vouchers" to its residents in the six townships (including Wu-qiu) on Apr. 5. Magistrate Li Zhu-feng visited each issuing station to inspect the operations as well as to give his regards to(3) the workers.
According to county government statistics, 69,660, or 81%, of the 85,143 residents in total to receive the benefit showed up to pick up their vouchers. The government reminds those who have not gotten their vouchers to pick them up between Apr. 13 and 17 at the township office where they are registered. The office hours are from 9:00AM to 12:00AM and from 1:30PM to 5:00PM. After the said time period, no vouchers will be issued.
This year happens to be the 60th anniversary of the Gu-ning-tou Battle. To commemorate the contribution of General Hu Lian, former Kinmen Defense Commander-in-chief, Kinmen County Government proposed to issue Commemorative Vouchers with donated funds from Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc. The county council passed the proposal and reached the resolution(4) to issue NT$3,600's worth of commemorative vouchers to each Kinmen resident on the Tomb Sweeping Day, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival respectively. Each resident would receive vouchers totaling NT$10,800 and exchange them for Kinmen Kaoliang (sorghum liquor).
The Tomb Sweeping Day Commemorative Vouchers expire on Jun. 5. According to the Finance Bureau of the county government, they can also be used at any KKL retail outlet(5) or in Kinmen, as long as the business is willing to accept them. The denomination(6) on the voucher is to be regarded as the same amount of cash. Consumers can use them to make retail purchases. Wholesalers can use them to pay their suppliers. KKL's wholesale clients can exchange them for wholesale products at KKL's Ning-shan or Lie-yu Distribution Center.
The Finance Bureau also added that, since the county cannot make it a law to force all businesses to accept consumers' payments made with these vouchers, they can only "encourage" businesses to accept these vouchers from consumers.
754 people were mobilized(7) to operate the issuance of the Tomb Sweeping Day Commemorative Vouchers. 595 workers were deployed(8) at the issuing stations. The personnel running the operations center and from the police force added another 159. The manpower used was 1,508 people in total.
■1. overjoy-(vt)使狂喜。指高興已極。be overjoyed with(at)，指為～而極度高興或狂喜。
■3. give regard to-向～致意。
■4. resolution-(n)決議。reach(pass) the resolution to V就是「達成決議」或「通過決議」。