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Pres. Park offers apology for government뭩 failures during ferry disaster
APRIL 30, 2014 05:52  
President Park Geun-hye apologized to the public on Tuesday. She said, (We) lost so many noble lives. I feel sorry to the people and my heart is heavy. This is the president뭩 first apology made in 13 days after the outbreak of the accident and the fifth apology since her inauguration. She also directed the Cabinet to 밺evelop fundamental and thorough safety measures for the people with an attitude of restructuring the nation.

밒 don뭪 know how to say sorry for failing to prevent (the disaster) and for the poor initial response and follow-up measures, she said during a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The president also said, 밒t is so regretful that (we) have failed to clean up deep-ro0ted evils and let this kind of disaster happen (I) should have made more efforts to normalize such bad habits and abnormal practices at the beginning of this administration, I feel regretful. She defined the Sewol ferry disaster as a trial for the incident of the Korean ferry Seohae in 1993 and pointed out 뱓he Sewol ferry accident proves that bad practices have been not corrected but deeply rooted and only makeshift measures have been implemented if necessary. The president stressed that 밿n order to kick out the shameful words such as 멳ureaucratic mafia or 멵heolbaptong (a term satirizing the unassailable job security of public servants), the deep-rooted evils of bureaucratic society should be completely found and eliminated.

With regard to the need of a control tower for disasters and safety management, the president has vowed to 뱇aunch a 몀inistry on safety affairs (tentatively named) under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister뭩 Office in order to prevent confusions in the commanding system and that 뱓he ministry will limit the transfer of assigned people and become an organization of specialists by even considering the recruitment of foreign specialists.

Before making her apology, she paid her respects to the victims of the ferry disaster during a visit to a funeral altar in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province.

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