Published : 2013-01-12 16:49
Updated : 2013-01-12 16:50
President-elect Park Geun-hye has expressed displeasure with government offices' selfishness shown during their policy briefings for her transition team, her spokesman said Saturday.
Park's transition team is getting briefings from major government agencies to work out policy blueprints for the new government to be installed on Feb. 25. It has so far received briefings from the ministries handling national defense and small and medium-size businesses, among others.
According to her spokesman, Park Sun-kyoo, the president-elect hasn't been too happy with government agencies' approach to policy issues raised to help the transition team to build a policy blueprint for the incoming government.
"They haven't shown any willingness to try to solve problems from the people's point of view, and they're still passively sticking with old practice and custom," the spokesman said.
"President-elect Park is clearly upset with this situation."
The spokesman added that it is "inappropriate" that some government offices have expressed their disapproval of the president-elect's campaign pledges through the media.
"The president-elect has kept asking (government officials) to try to view issues from the people's perspective, and to ask themselves how they would approach these issues if they were doing it for their children or parents," the spokesman said.
"I hope every agency that will give policy briefings will keep that in mind."
Earlier Saturday, some media had reported that the president-elect was "furious" with some of the government agencies, but the spokesman said the expression "was a bit too strong."
Yoon Chang-jung, the transition team's chief spokesman, also said reports describing the president-elect as being outraged "are absolutely not true."
"From now on, the transition team will state its position on all inaccurate, fictitious and libelous reports," Yoon said. "We think such reports hinder the people's right to know and our ability to communicate with the people." (Yonhap News)