Jeong H. Kim, the Ko-Am whom Park Geun-hye named to head her bigger and better science ministry called a surprise press conference this morning to announce he was resigning as minister-nominate out of frustration with the political process.
If you want to hear Kim make the announcement—or at least hear how well he speaks Korean—here’s the video.
Kim’s resignation comes as the ruling and opposition parties enter last-minute negotiations to pass President Park’s government reformation bill, the major sticking point of which is the transfer of some broadcasting responsibilities from the Korea Communications Commission to the science ministry:
President Park and the ruling Saenuri Party insist this ministry needs the broadcasting policy oversight function to enable it to fuse the broadcasting and communications sectors and strengthen content creation for the ICT industry.
However, the main opposition Democratic United Party argues the transfer of broadcasting oversight would endanger media impartiality as it would place broadcasting policies directly under the government’s control.
“The Korea Communications Commission currently governs all policies concerning system operators and program providers. But the Park Geun-hye government says it will transfer all of this to the new science ministry.”
In a meeting of lawmakers that followed Kim’s announcement, Saenuri Party head Hwang Woo-yea called on Kim to reconsider his resignation. More to the point, he told Kim to stop being such a wuss—sure, Korea’s got a ton of problems, but we man the fuck up and overcome those problems.
Yes, I paraphrased there.