Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prime Minister and Cabinet Tendered Resignations

The South Korean Prime Minister, Han Seung-soo and his entire Cabinet after holding themselves fully responsible for widespread nationwide protests in South Korea.

The widespread protests were caused by the government's decision to allow the import of US beef into country even though the government couldn't guarantee that the mad cow disease in the USA is totally wiped out.

The South Korean opposition parties have boycotted parliament sittings for more than a week now and have reported back to the parliament upon hearing the en masse resignations. I bet the oppositions can't wait for it to happen.

Today in my nation of Malaysia, the increase of 40% in the fuel price has generated much criticisms throughout the nation. Small scale demonstrations / protests have been held thereafter. The mother of all demonstrations is rumoured to be held on 12 July 2008.

Will Malaysia's Prime Minister and Cabinet follow the South Korean counterparts' footsteps? I know that this is a stupid question.

Reading: Cabinet offers to resign en masse - The Korea Herald, 10 June 2008
Reading: Beef Protests Turn Violent - Chosun Ilbo
Tags: Han Seung-soo, South Korea, US Beef, Mad Cow Disease, Demonstration, Protest

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Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

I wonder if change of leadership will do any changes or not. The country might have huge debt already. Maybe that is why they resort to selling our oil. Just a thought

11 June, 2008 11:52  
Blogger Buzzing J said...

I have very little knowledge regarding Korea and Japan political scene. But I would think that changing of government in these two countries might have minimal impact on the common people's everyday life. And I doubt the resignation of our prime minister (if it does happen) will be anything less than another political tsunami.

11 June, 2008 12:59  
Blogger acura said...

It's good to see the government of Korea have a sense of accountability. They are willing to listen to the people, unlike politicians here who are thick skinned & arrogant. They think that once elected they can say & do anything without consequences

11 June, 2008 14:42  
Blogger - k o R i - said...

for a milisecond there, after reading your post title, I thought you were talking about our Malaysian government >.>

11 June, 2008 15:59  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

borneo - it may not change much in the beginning but then it wld frighten anyone in the govt not to perform during their tenure

buzzingj - in jpn and s.korea, the govts are very responsible for any major mistakes. they take their work seriously for the nation's sake

acura - bcuz they knew u can't do anything until 5 yrs later i.e. the next general election. right? the top govt officials often challenge the m'sian citizens on that

kori - that title was on purpose ... hehe

13 June, 2008 19:14  
Blogger ♥ Haro ♥ said...

i believe its better to step down then to make more mistakes.

23 June, 2008 12:10  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

haro - they were responsible

30 June, 2008 03:40  

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