Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (June 13, 2016)
1. Lifting the Sewol ferry, one of the core operations to recover the capsized ferry, started on the 12th in the afternoon. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries says the salvage operation plan is projected to finish by the end of July if good weather continues and the operation works out smoothly.
I hope everyone returns with the Sewol Ferry as well as truth.
2. The Park Geun-hye Administration went through the administrative procedure to forcibly put an end to the Sewol Ferry Special Commission’s activities. The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries sent official documents to finish the investigation forcibly and press the commission to publish a white paper.
Does the salvage operation in July make the government uncomfortable? That is why we need the Sewol Ferry Special Act.
3. A person who hits or threatens a doctor or a nurse faces up to five years in jail or pays fines of 20,000 US dollars. The Ministry of Health and Welfare says the purpose is to protect a patient’s health right and a health professional’s medical treatment right by providing a stable medical environment.
Do people behave themselves when they are ill? People should restrain themselves if they want to avoid troubles.
4. The city of Seoul strengthened safety measures relating to the Guui Station accident and will request allocation financial resources to the government to reinforce manpower. The city also consider subway fare increase if the government does not support the request nor have insufficient funds.
Does this mean that the city was unable to provide safety measures because they could not raise the fare? I am sure that they really want to be criticized.
5. Launching a boycott campaign against Oxy products which last more than one month broke the conventional wisdom that a boycott campaign tends to fail. Most of Oxy products in big supermarkets disappeared while Volkswagen cars that cause diesel emission problems stills enjoy their strong sales growth.
There must be nothing to fear in South Korea. Don’t be a stupid customer.