A well-known conservative professor who had previously generated controversy by saying that former President Roh Moo-hyun should commit suicide, is now back on the focus of media attention, this time by harshly criticizing the incumbent Lee Myung-bak administration for showing indecisive attitude on Roh's suicide.
In his latest Web post, entitled "Don't let this go on," Kim Dong-gil, a professor emeritus of Seoul's Yonsei University, expressed his dissatisfaction over the government's lack of determination, unable to firmly deal with the protesters who gathered in downtown Seoul in commemoration of the late Roh.
"If the government's policy is to dismantle Roh's shrine in front of the Daehan Gate, it should have stuck to its principle. Instead, it was merely watching with its arms folded when law enforcement officers were beaten by protestors," he said.
Kim also blamed the media for leaning toward Roh after his death when Roh's reputation was tarnished by his involvement in his family graft scandal. "How could he become an instant saint upon his suicide?" he questioned, adding "Where in the world is there such a country [except South Korea]?"
Kim also proposed that Lee reprimand some professors at the nation's top Seoul National University, who questioned Lee government's investigation of Roh. Some believe the investigation into Roh was politically motivated.