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Korea Former President’s Suicide, Chinese Reactions

The former president of South Korea Roh Moo Hyun fell off a mountain today and died. It is believed that he left a suicide letter. He was currently under investigation for receiving bribes of 5-6 million USD.

From NetEase:

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2009 May 23 local time, Seoul, South Korea, people watching news of former president Roh Moo Hyun’s death after falling off a mountain.

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2009 April 30, Korean former president Rho Moo Hyun leaving from his home 450km away from the capital Seoul, preparing to receive the prosecution’s inquiries.

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Comments from NetEase:

网易广东深圳网友:

Suicide for only 5 million USD, sigh, truly born in the wrong place [this means he should have been born in China because the government officials here do not commit suicide when they are corrupt].

网易重庆网友:

It is not easy for people to live, and death is not the final choice for ultimately solving a problem. Life is valuable. If you are not afraid of death, why be afraid of anything else? Face reality, and bear the consequences of your mistakes…

网易浙江杭州网友:

Women often send their own husbands to their graves.

网易广东深圳南山网友:

If we here had this kind of conscience, I bet all of our cliffs would be filled up.

网易辽宁沈阳网友:

I finally understand why Japan and Korea, as countries with few resources, can be that strong and prosperous, because they depend on belief/conviction, on a belief/conviction of themselves. Compared to some of the disgrace and shame within our country, I rather admire this kind of politics.
In China, the person who would be jumping off the cliff would definitely be the person who exposed [the corruption].

网易山东枣庄网友:

This is a very brave person! Also a very honest person!

网易上海长宁网友:

Koreans committing suicide has become commonplace, from the actress awhile go now to the former president. If those born in Korean commit suicide like this, and this goes on, will they need to depend on Chinese immigrating over there so Koreans will not become extinct? Although North Korea is a bit poor, life is still valuable.

网易韩国网友:

Friend, do you know how many people starve to death or are executed for political crimes in every day in the north?

网易广东广州白云网友:

To the Korean people I salute!

网易广东东莞网友:

A-bian: You should learn from this, go jump off a cliff, you scum of the people, do you have this courage?

网易广东广州花都网友:

I plan on buying a Korean car now.

网易陕西网友:

I do not know if he really embezzled or not.
However, I still want to say something to Roh Moo Hyun: Well done, even if you embezzled several millions, your name still deserves to be remembered by the Korean people.

网易辽宁大连网友:

Only SB would believe it was suicide.

网易山东泰安网友:

Korea’s democracy, Korea’s enlightenment, I am filled with deep respect!

网易山东济南网友:

Chen Shuibian [Taiwan’s former president] on a hunger strike for so long without dying made me mistaken suicide as being very difficult.

网易山东威海网友:

Great Korea, sad president.

网易宁夏银川网友:

His family obtained money because of him, so he wants to use ending his life to make his family miserable.
He did not accept money, but he did things under the encouragement of his family. Another way of understanding it is that his closest family tarnished his lifetime of being clean and honorable. This is also a reminder for our country’s people.

网易江苏南京网友:

Japanese devils, Korean crazies.

网易江苏无锡网友:

It must have been done by someone working for the briber. He voluntarily killed himself, otherwise it would have been his entire family.

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