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Proposal for YS

Mar 15,2000
On March 15, in a gym located in Koje, Kyongnam, there was a convention marking the founding of the Democratic People's Party in Koje.
Kim Han-pyo, a candidate of the DPP, stepped up to the platform, and went right into making the point that Koje is the birthplace of the former President, Kim Young-sam(YS). "This morning when I called Sand-do-dong, the former President YS told me to win. His grandfather Kim Hong-jo living in Masan, who is not physically well, sent flowers instead."
Kim Han-pyo, a former police chief of Koje, worked as a bodyguard for Kim Young-sam's family, and he vowed to, "Serve the people of Koje with all my heart, just like when I protected former President Kim and his wife with all my strength."
However, the continuing pleas to YS, make this guide for the DPP sounded almost pitiful.
"The DPP is the true opposition party, directly acknowledged by the former president. Let us all give hearty applause for Koje to relieve YS from his worries," said Shin Sang Woo, a senior party member.
Listening to the leading groups of the DPP, it seems like it is YS who is making all the announcements on the platform. Kim Kwang Iel, a senior party member even pointed out that, "This election in Koje is all about the fight between Lee Hoe-chang(The Grand National Party leader) and Kim Young-Sam."
However, a week ago during its opening ceremony, it was the DPP which declared, "Facing the end of the three-Kim era, we, the Democartic People's Party are a preparing the party of the future."
The party also added in its 'Words to the Korean People' that, "Citizens should cast away the existing parties which hang on to certain figures and show the utmost loyalty to them."
That was the original DPP and somehow they are now busy calling for the 'one and only YS'. The situation is getting even worse as the so called "Democratic People's Party" wind ends up as a mere breeze.
Meanwhile former President YS, residing in Sang-do-dong, is now the one and only guiding light of the DPP and is said to be giving no response at all.
We can look to this as one good example of the estranged political world of Korea.





by Park Seung-hee




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