I hope that you all had a good New Year’s Day and plenty of rest last week, and that you are ready for a fresh new start.
Last week, we voted for Korea’s next president. Many embraced in celebration, whereas others exchange words of consolation. Today, I stand before you as I have done so many times in the past to share my sentiments and hopes.
First and foremost, I would like to congratulate president-elect Park Geun-hye. Voting is considered the flower of democracy and the execution of people’s rights. The candidate elected through this institution has earned her respect. I sincerely hope president-elect Park does a good job in organizing the nation’s reform requirements in the transition stage. I also call on her to learn from the mistakes of previous governments; division and hostility have brought nothing but failure. As the mayor of Seoul, I promise my full cooperation in establishing new policies to improve the lives of our citizens.
Before anything else, however, I hope president-elect Park would ease the conflict and discord that had been triggered during the election. Knowing her biggest pledge is “Bringing the Nation Together,” I have no doubt that this will be her initial action. May she not forget to consider those who voted for the losing candidate; may she approach them and offer her helping hand so that they can rise again. When I was elected mayor, I placed a tilted bookshelf in my office to remind myself of the importance of balance. My motto was to become a mayor who fills the gap that causes imbalance. That is why I try to persuade those who voted against me. President-elect Park, now that you are president, you must represent the people, not just Saenuri.
To the other presidential candidate, Moon Jae-in, times are tough, but please come back soon for nearly half the nation who voted for you. It is important for power to retain its balance. You are the key in doing so. Please play a pivotal role in the change and innovation that will take place in the near future. You have my full and sincere support.
I hope we can all reflect on this election’s triumph and defeat and learn from past experiences to move forward into the future. Korea does not belong to a certain political group. I hope we could come together to build a better Korea.
Seoul citizens and electorates nationwide, thank you and good work! Please stay aware and conscious for a better future. I have the utmost respect for all of you. Thank you once again.