Politicians of the nation are now divided over the controversial plan of the government to establish a memorial hall for late president Park Chung-hee, near the World Cup Stadium in Sangam-dong, western Seoul, with a budget of 70 billion won.
The strongest objection to Park's memorial hall has come from ex-president Kim Young-sam and his followers, and some progressive lawmakers of the main opposition Grand National Party.
Calling the government's plan as sheer nonsense, they urged the government to set it up in Kumi, Kyongsang-pukto, Park's native place, instead of Seoul.
Some GNP lawmakers from the Taegu-Kyongsang-pukto (T-K) region are also campaigning for transfer of the planned memorial to Kumi.
Ex-president Kim even invited Seoul Mayor Goh Kun to his residence Wednesday to deliver his message of objection to the plan. Kim was quoted as telling Goh,``I would never tolerate the construction the dictator's memorial in Seoul.''
Kim went on to denounce the government's plan as ``political flattery'' aimed at winning over the voters in the T-K region, ahead of the presidential election two years away. …