Recently, I reread this journal entry from one year ago.
Fellow citizens, you must have been worried and surprised to hear about the subway accident today.
As the mayor of this city, who bears the great responsibility of keeping our citizens safe, I feel deeply ashamed for what has happened.
After hearing about the accident,
I ordered the injured to be taken to the hospital immediately,
and provided instructions to achieve a fast recovery and resume normal operations,
as well as to minimize the inconvenience to our citizens during rush hour by arranging alternative means of transportation.
Then I headed to the scene of the accident.
Thanks to our citizens, who stayed so calm and considerate
of each other following the accident,
everyone was safely evacuated from the area.
When I heard about how they handled the situation, I was so proud of all our citizens.
Also, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the injured, who had to walk through that dark tunnel, and their families.
Believing that the best way for me to honor the citizens who so heroically endured such a crisis was to ensure proper medical treatment for the injured, resume normal operations of the subway as soon as possible, and prevent such an accident from happening again by investigating its cause thoroughly, I couldn’t leave the site of the accident and stayed in the situation room.
Once again, I apologize for having been unable to fulfill my duty, as the mayor of Seoul, to keep our citizens safe. In the future, I will work harder, always keeping in mind that our citizens are safe only when all of Seoul is safe.
Tomorrow morning, the subway will resume normal operations.
Early this morning, I paid a visit to the Metro,
and inspected the station and trains in the interest of our citizens.
Although we “locked the door to the stable after we lost the horse,” there is still much to do.
I will work hard to make sure we don’t “lose the horse” again.
In politics and administration, as it is in life,
we “remember only when we record.”
This is the way Seoul responds to crises.
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