President-elect Park Geun-hye on Friday warned government ministries to stop wrangling over her plan to reorganize the Cabinet.
She also urged officials to focus on mapping out measures to carry out her welfare pledges, which some ministries resisted, citing budget constraints.
“Ministry egotism often comes up, but nothing can be achieved through it,” Park said at the transition team’s economic subcommittee briefing.
Foreign, Land and other ministries have complained about her government revamp, which would have them lose substantial authorities to newly established government branches.
She added that government ministries should not struggle amongst themselves in seeking gains, and instead concentrate on providing services demanded by the public.
“For the new administration to work with the original intentions intact, the transition team needs to set the policy outline.”
Park also refuted speculations that changes may be made to her election pledges which her opponents criticized as unrealistic.
“I believe that everything can be done if new policies are carried out with strong intent by changing the paradigm of state affairs and by changing our ways of thinking,” Park told the transition team.
She also requested the members of on-site inspections to take into account the sentiments of the public in drawing up policies.
Meanwhile, the transition committee announced that the presidential security service will be elevated to a ministerial-level office separate from the chief of staff’s office.
Cheong Wa Dae will thus consist of three offices including another ministerial-level office of national security, the transition team’s state affairs subcommittee chief Yoo Min-bong said.
The new national security office will focus on mid- to long-term security policies and coordinate responses to national emergencies, while the senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs and security will be in charge of pending issues.
The Prime Minister’s Office will have a secretariat headed by a vice ministerial-level official. The office will take over a number of presidential committees, whose functions are deemed relevant by the transition team. Those committees considered unnecessary will be abolished, he said.
By Choi Hee-suk (email@example.com