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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 8th, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Canal or No Canal?

I guess it was only a matter of time, but Lee Myung-bak is reported to be contemplating changing his plan to build a canal from Seoul to Pusan:

Grand National Party presidential candidate Lee Myung-bak is set to revise his flagship pledge to build a cross-country canal, striving to fix flaws in the controversial plan to maintain a lead built on his reputation as an economic expert.

Amid escalating disputes over the massive project, the GNP future vision committee, in charge of finalizing Lee’s campaign platform, has decided to delay announcing their plans until the end of this month.

"Although both Lee and the committee believe in holding onto the canal plan, we have agreed that it has to be revised in order to be included among Lee’s 10 public pledges," said Rep. Kim Hyong-o, head of the committee.

The canal plan has remained Lee’s top pledge despite external and internal criticism. But increasing objections and Lee’s somewhat vague explanation of the project have aroused concern it may adversely affect the former Seoul mayor’s popularity just two months before the Dec. 19 election.  [Shin Hae-in, Korea Herald]

I fail to see the use in building a canal to Pusan to move cargo by ship when you can transport goods by water using the ocean just as easily.  The only reason I can see to support the project is because it would spend government money on jobs for South Koreans instead of the money going north to fund Kim Jong-il’s lifestyle.   

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  • The Florida Masochist
    1:23 am on October 9th, 2007 1

    Lets dig a ditch…

    Nikita Khrushchev must have had Lee Myung-bak in mind when he said. “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”…

  • Songtan1
    12:10 pm on October 8th, 2007 2

    My friend, you are right on.

  • Tim
    12:24 am on October 9th, 2007 3

    A canal? What is this Venice?? Just another place for breeding mosquitos in the summer time I'd say. Would they also engineer it so that the water flows north to south so as to not have it ice over in the winter time? I'd also have to agree with GIKorea, sounds like a public works project to keep money from moving into the north. However, I'm sure that the landowners whose land would be usurped for such a project, especially the farmers, would be quite preturbed at any such venture.

  • Dr.Yu
    10:23 pm on January 7th, 2008 4

    A canal within Korea? Oh no … I’m afraid Korea is becoming a third world country, at least in the way policy will be conducted.
    Korea is a small country so we don’t spend much time to get from one to an other tip of the country, so it is obvious to me that Lee is taking a populist measure, like Chaves and Evo Morales are doing in Latin America, by investing time and money in “visual” achievements like the “chonggechon” in Seul.

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