April 11, 2018 14:05
Cheong Wa Dae and the ruling Minjoo Party has decided not to make Parents' Day, which falls on May 8, a public holiday, although it was one of the pledges President Moon Jae-in made on the campaign trail.
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party was against the idea, criticizing it as a typical example of populism in time for the regional elections on June 13.
"We have decided not to do it because it would be unlikely to greatly boost consumption," said Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday.
Jeong Tae-ok, a spokesman for the Liberty Korea Party, said on Tuesday, "With just about one month remaining until the elections, the government and the ruling party came up with a blatant populist policy. It only makes the situation more difficult for those running a small business or contract workers who cannot afford to lose income, unlike those on a permanent contract."
Since a petition that asked for Parents' Day to be designated a public holiday went up on Cheong Wa Dae's petition board last Tuesday, nearly 100 comments have been posted with the two sides fiercely arguing their points.
Those who are against argue that it will be make life more difficult for working mothers with young kids, self-employed people, and small businesses. But proponents say it was a pledge made during the presidential election and should be honored.
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