Those elder brothers

KBS news reports that President Lee’s eldest brother has departed the country a day before a ban was placed on him from leaving Korea. The prosecutors are already set to pounce on him with little to go before the end of his tenure. The hooplah created by going to plant a stone with his name on Tokdo seems to have blown over for now (or it has blown over to China vs Japan – a much bigger fire there). It will be interesting to see where it goes, although I doubt that whoever becomes the next president will have much of an agenda with messing up LMB’s post-presidential retired life.

Although I am all for President Lee getting the customary dusting treatment which seems to befall on every recent outgoing Korean president towards the end/after their tenure, I do feel like it’s becoming a bit of a repeating pattern. Come on, and what’s with their elder brothers?

With Korean families maybe we could do with a little more of can’t live with them than can’t live without them, especially when it’s to do with large amounts of money.

  • MrMao

    This is like Kim Dae-Jung’s brother going to jail in 2003 because he tried to stop an audit of Mr Pizza. Or maybe it’s better. By ‘dusting treatment’, I hope you don’t mean jumping off a cliff behind his house.

  • yuna

    Also, when I say “large amounts of money” that seems to be going through some serious decrescendo against the inflation trend by the decades.
    During the Roh Taewoo and Jun Doowhan’s time it was some ASTRONOMICAL amount in Swiss banks and so on. It’s heartening to see that those digits are reducing by ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE, as was shown in the measly sums by the previous presidents. And the talked about amount 6억, is still a reasonably respectable sum, maybe we are nearing the political advancement of a decent democracy eventually.

  • thekorean

    Another reason to vote for Ahn Cheol-soo and/or Moon Jae-in — no older brothers!

    (To be fair, no older brother for Park Geun-hye either. But the brother she does have is a known and convicted felon.)

  • Wedge

    It astounds me that at least one son or brother of every president since Kim Young-sam has been put in the hoosegow EVERY TIME for influence peddling and yet the next one gets elected and the new relatives think they can get away with it (either that or they reckon it’s worth it–hmmmm, could be).

  • SomeguyinKorea


    What makes you think these guys weren’t chosen by the former presidents as their middlemen? They have to be complicit, otherwise people wouldn’t have been forking over a small fortune to their siblings.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Korea is a culture of corruption. Everything, including (or especially) the law, is based on relationships. If they have the right relationship, they are no longer answerable to anyone who has a lower relationship. Money, bribes and favors are how they build the right relationships. Once they have the right relationships, they make it all back and more in money, bribes, and favors.