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6 in 10 say PM candidate’s high salary at law firm ‘inappropriate’

Prime Minister’s candidate Han Duck-soo visits his office in Seoul on Monday. (Yonhap)

Six in 10 South Koreans think prime minister candidate Han Duck-soo who takes high salaries while working at a law firm after retiring from public office is inappropriate, according to a poll released Monday.

In the Korean Society Opinion Institute’s survey of 1,013 adults, 63.2 percent said it was inappropriate for senior officials like Han to serve as outside directors or advisers to companies private companies after their retirement from the civil service.

Only 17.6% said such a practice was appropriate, while 19.2% said they were unaware of the problem.

Han, who has held several senior government posts including prime minister and finance minister, has come under fire for a possible conflict of interest following revelations that he received a total of around 1 .8 billion won ($1.46 million) from December 2017 to 2022 as an adviser to law firm Kim & Chang.

When asked if Han was fit to become prime minister of the new government, people were almost evenly divided as 35.3% said he was fit to serve as the country’s No. 2, while 35, 2% answered the opposite.

Meanwhile, on expectations for President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s performance over the next five years, 48.4% said he would do a good job after taking office, while 47.5% said said they did not expect him to do well.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. (Yonhap)