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President Park says it's her duty to officially apologize for ferry accident
Updated: 2014-05-02 22:01:31 KST

One apology may not be enough for President Park Geun-hye who says she believes it is her duty to officially apologize for the ferry disaster.

Meeting with religious leaders on Friday, the president said she will do all she can to ensure that the missing passengers are found and once again pledged for an overhaul of the national disaster response system.
Her apology for the government's poor management that came earlier this week was was criticized because it was not addressed to the people but rather came during a Cabinet meeting.

Comment

fatboyme (USA) 2014-05-02 23:20:21 KST    

@ycinhawaii (USA) Agreed.

bartektodde (USA) 2014-05-02 18:34:41 KST    

I think Ms. Pak (팍) is apologizing for the government's response. The ferry had 3 times more cargo weight than listed, an inexperienced 3rd mate was at the helm, and there may have been a steering problem. There's too many factors to take into consideration before Ms. Pak could be at fault. Ms. Pak could only be held responsible for the government's actions.

ycinhawaii (USA) 2014-05-02 16:16:50 KST    

Why is the president apologizing. What does the tragedy got to do with her.
The ferry tragedy is entirely man-made, thus avoidable. Responsibility goes to the owner and operators of the ship. The blame should be directed at the owner and the operators. It is preposterous for the opposing politicians demand for the Pres. Park to apologize. Its not her policy to brought this disaster. Its high time for all Koreans to pay attention to and obey the basic safety rules in daily living and try not to circumvent. I feel so sad to see this disaster unfolding. We got to learn the lesson hard way and begin to think about changing the culture of hurry, hurry and safety laxness.
I sincerely hope Arirang program to include civic lessons in regard to the safety rules and public behaviors.