[Letters] Shame on you, Representatives Lee and Kim

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[Letters] Shame on you, Representatives Lee and Kim

As the Korea JoongAng Daily editorial on July 3 pointed out well, a mountain of work awaits the 19th National Assembly amid ever-worsening livelihood of working-class people in the country. But the most eye-catching news of the day was that Lee Seok-gi and Kim Jae-yeon, two representatives of the embattled Unified Progressive Party, arrived at the opening session of the Assembly late.

According to news reports, Lee said it’s because he had to use the stairs instead of crammed elevators in the Assembly. But political pundits say they were late because they wanted to skip the process of saluting to Taegeukgi, or our national flag, which they don’t recognize as an official symbol of Korea. If that’s true, I don’t think they deserve the prestige of lawmaker. Thanks to a revision of our election law, they could become legislators. But if they repeat such substandard behaviors, other lawmakers must let them leave the legislature even by revising the National Assembly Law.

*a student at Konkuk University
By Kang Hiok

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