Rep. Jun Byung-hun of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) said that he has recently urged his party to adopt his revised anti-racism bill as an official party platform before he submits it to the National Assembly.
It has been almost half a year since he made public the draft bill, one of the first legal attempts in Korea to define racism and set punishments for racist acts.
"I have renamed the bill as the pro-multiculturalism bill as many Koreans perceive racism is too blunt of a word," Jun told The Korea Times Thursday.
The proposed legislation triggered an avalanche of criticism when Jun posted the draft of the racial discrimination bill on his Web site on Sept. 6 last year to gather public opinion.
The Korea Times has analyzed 210 comments posted on the lawmaker's Web site with regard to his original proposal. The vast majority (94 percent) of the online commentators were adamantly against it. Only five percent, 11 people, welcomed it.
The second-biggest concern was reverse discrimination against Koreans. Thirty-seven bloggers, or 17.6 percent, said the bill would put Korean citizens at a disadvantage at work places and generally in society.
Some even suggested the bill would make an increasing number of innocent Korean nationals falsely accused of racial discrimination.
Another 19 bloggers, or 9 percent, also claimed that discrimination is acceptable as it helps Koreans secure their citizens' rights.
"If the legislation is enacted, we will have to treat foreigners as equally as Koreans, even though they do not have to fulfill compulsory military service," a blogger named "How come?" said.
Another blogger also claimed that foreigners should not have equal rights as Koreans in education and workplaces.
"What is the point of having a government here if everyone is provided with all the rights that Koreans have," another blogger, called "I," said.
Demand for Homogeneous Society
Fifteen of the respondents answered that Korea should maintain a maximum number of foreigners because multicultural society is destined to be a failure. "We must not throw away the greatest competitive edge that Korea has been bestowed by being a homogeneous nation," a blogger said.
Bill Renamed Pro-Multiculturalism Scheme
Read the whole article, the KWB is being careful on his comments. One wonders what the 103,000 Mixed-Blood children will face coming of age in the next ten years plus. (Better learn to fight for your rights, because they are TUIGI 튀기, children of foreign devils). Hello, out there Real Koreans, it ain’t homogeneous anymore!