November 16, 2017 10:52
Operatic pop, or popera, tenor Lim Hyung-joo took his first step last week as a host for a cable TV program run by the National Election Commission.
Lim enlisted in the Army in March, but was soon found unfit for active duty due to a deformity of his foot, and was instead placed on public service duty since July.
"When I was at boot camp, Kim Dae-nyun, secretary-general of the National Election Commission sent me boxes of treats saying he is a fan of mine," said Lim. "I paid him a visit after I was transferred to Yongsan in Seoul [for the non-active duty], and that's where it all started."
Kim proposed Lim host a program for the commission's cable TV platform to boost public awareness of democracy and election. At first, Lim was hesitant to accept the offer.
"I had intended to refuse it [because I'm fulfilling my mandatory military service]. I asked the Military Manpower Administration about it, and it said it wouldn't pose any legal issue as this is non-profit, voluntary work. So, I decided to do it since it's work for the public good."
Lim goes on to interview people who actively uphold the value of democracy and election in everyday life on the show.
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