South Korean PM resigns over government response to ferry disaster

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Zymbat wrote:

Wow, the PM steps down over a ferry accident that he had nothing to do with… seems a bit extreme to me. From the reports, it would seem like rescuers were on the scene in 10 minutes, that’s not a bad response in my opinion. The captain is the one to blame, he made some really ignorant decisions.

Maybe people are just very upset, and the government needs to sack someone over the incident, and he decided to bite the bullet.

Apr 26, 2014 10:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
james. wrote:

Resignation of the S. Korean PM will only make a bad situation even worse ! The S. Korean Ferry suddenly lurched and the passengers reported a loud bang at the time, therefore leading to the logical conclusion that a secret N. Korean Torpedo sank that Ferry in order to ruin S. Korean Tourist Trade and economy! Therefore, the S. Korean PM should request the S. Korean President to scold N. Korean !

Apr 26, 2014 10:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
J2Sense wrote:

Strange reason to resign. Maybe he is stepping down for other reasons.

Apr 26, 2014 10:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:

There were already reports that the ship was _extremely_ overloaded. More than likely the “bang” was poorly stowed cargo that caused the ship to list, and whoever was handling the ship could not correct/handle it. The real villain(s) are whoever let that ship in the water with how much it was carrying.

Apr 26, 2014 12:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Yamayoko wrote:

The ferry was illegally modified for more decks leading to speculation officials were bribed to give go ahead. The captain was blamed to have habitually submitted false manifastos without counter checks from gov bureau. Despite fast response, PM had not set up a special task force of rescue headed by himself. Worse still, the shipowner already fled prior to arrest warrant.

So is PM Chung’s resignation a gesture to shoulder or unladen responsibility ? It can be viewed either way.

Apr 26, 2014 12:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

These people are nuts. Seriously… You throw stuff at a guy in the government and force him to quit, over one accident that he had nothing to do with? I would never hold any position of authority in an Asian nation. What happens if a meteor strikes or something… they hang the whole administration?

Apr 27, 2014 1:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Wish Obama would step down for lying to ‘We The People’ so many times

Apr 27, 2014 9:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Pinball2 wrote:

Wow. A senior political leader resigns because the government has made a mess of things.

Too bad this idea would not catch on elsewhere such as North America or Europe…..

Apr 27, 2014 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
XianSheng wrote:

Over the top. Meaning, the PM is grandstanding by making a show of false piety, and also to avoid any further recriminations. The fact is, he had nothing to do with this, albeit the South Korean government as a whole, was at fault for allowing such an incident occur, with corrupt official and lax regulations. So, should everyone in the South Korean gvmnt. resign now? No, they simply need to start fixing the problems.

Apr 27, 2014 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
XianSheng wrote:

On second thought: Good, and stay out! If he’s just grandstanding and doesn’t want to deal with any future recriminations (as it would seem to me), then he’s not the right man to be the Prime Minister of a country.
I can even go further and say that the PM’s grandstanding actions here is actually insulting to the victims of the ferry disaster, where he’s taking advantage of the situation to make himself look good. If he had any respect for them, he would stay and fight for them and makes things right.

Apr 27, 2014 2:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
XianSheng wrote:

Corrected:
On second thought: Good, and stay out! If he’s just grandstanding and doesn’t want to deal with any future recriminations (as it would seem to me), then he’s not the right man to be the Prime Minister of a country.
I can even go further and say that the PM’s grandstanding actions here are actually insulting to the victims of the ferry disaster, where he’s taking advantage of the situation to make himself look good. If he had any respect for them, he would stay and fight for them and make things right.

Apr 27, 2014 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
1234rt wrote:

The PM resigned as a Catharsis for the President…it’s as simple as that…Pres. Park may have to resign also…but they’re hoping with time and press on their side they can have it be mute issue in the future….it’s called politics, and nothing to do with sincerity….

Apr 28, 2014 11:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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