Politically sensitive issues to be raised on day 2 of parliamentay audit
In the run-up to the audit, both ruling and opposition party lawmakers had vowed to do their best to conduct a thorough and fair audit in a cordial manner.
Monday might have tested their resolve, but Tuesday's schedule could push their best intentions to the limit as a number of politically sensitive issues are up for discussion.
Lawmakers are probing the Board of Audit and Inspection amid suspicions the organization has been filing favorable audit reports for the controversial and hugely expensive four rivers restoration project, which was the pet project of former president Lee Myung-bak.
To stamp out unfair business practices, the National Policy Committee will be grilling CEOs and executives from companies like Samsung Electronics, LG Group, Amore Pacific and a number of others.
Lawmakers want to find out whether the conglomerates have been giving favorable offers to their group's affiliates or dabbling in bid rigging.
Lawmakers will also continue to quiz officials about the Park administration's promised pension program.
All senior citizens aged 65 or above were to receive a monthly allowance of 187 U.S. dollars, but the plan was scaled back to providing a monthly allowance of between 94 to 187 dollars to only the poorest 70 percent.
The Foreign Affairs and Unification Standing Committee is also questioning Unification Minister Rhoo Kihl-jae Tuesday on the administration's North Korea policies.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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