Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Roh Moo-hyun

I figured I should write something about this before more people jump to conclusion thinking this is about Season 5 or about a new course. That is not the case here. This is about an upsetting death of a South Korean President that has happened recently.

Former President Roh Moo-hyun (노무현) of South Korea, committed suicide on May 23rd after being caught up in a bribery scandal. After he left his suicide note, he jumped off a mountain cliff near his retirement home that ended his life. Mr. Roh said in his suicide note, "Many people suffered too much because of me. I would be a burden for them for the rest of my life."

The scandal and the ensuing criticism from his political enemies dealt a devastating blow to Mr. Roh. In recent weeks, several of his aides and relatives had been arrested or questioned on charges of taking bribes. Prosecutors suspected that Mr. Roh, while president, solicited a total of $6 million from a shoe manufacturer, payments that are alleged to have been made to his wife, his son and his brother’s son-in-law. Both his wife and son have been questioned by the prosecutors.

This is a very tragic moment to the people of South Korea, and he is the first South Korean president in history to have committed suicide. Not only that he is gone, but he left the weight of his innocent family members with disgrace.

He has served his term as President from 2003 ~ 2008. It is said that his death
will certainly cause intense political turmoil in South Korea. And what's worse, is that I'm traveling to South Korea pretty soon... Well I'm sure it'll clear up pretty soon.

Pangya KR will replace the watermark logo to remember the President's death when you take a screenshot. This may be available for a short time before it goes back to the normal logo.