The result of the opinion poll regarding the prohibition on the members of National Assembly holding other jobs for the purpose of making profits, Requested by Ohmynews to Researchview
The Center of the Freedom of Information (CFOI) has once disclosed the list of members of the 18th National Assembly who hold additional jobs and receive compensation. It was shown that a large number of them serve as the member of the National Assembly concurrently with other professional types of jobs such as a lawyer and professor. What about the members of the 19th National Assembly? The CFOI has requested information disclosure regarding their additional jobs.
According to the <Present State of Additional Jobs Reported by the Members of the 19th National Assembly>, the members of the 19th National Assembly are holding 194 additional jobs and 96 of 300 members hold more than one additional job. This is approximately 32% of the entire members of the National Assembly. This is a decreased amount compared to the previous time when 42.8% (June 2011), which means 127 out of 297 members of the 18th National Assembly held additional jobs.
Having looked at this issue per party, among 96 members holding additional jobs, Saenuri and Democratic United Party had 55 and 39 members each and Progressive Justice Party and non-partisan had 1 member each.
It was Hyun Young-hee who had the largest number of additional jobs among all. Hyun Young-hee is serving as a president in 4 organizations including Busan Skating Union, Federation of Busan Love Bike, the Busan headquarter of National Bike Riding Movement Headquarters and the supporting association of Busan National University of Education and she is also the co-representative of Korean Women Politics Association. She is holding additional jobs at 9 organizations in total.
In addition to this, Kim Jeong-rok and Yoon Jin-sik of the Saenuri party and Choi Dong-ik from the Democratic united party are holding additional jobs. Kim jeong-rok is the CEO of CPL and the president of Korean Association of Persons with Physical Disabilities. Yoon Jin-sik is the advisor of Korean Customs Brokers Association, the president of Korea Institute for National Unification and Economics and the honorary chairman of the Golf Association of Chungju. Choi Dong-ik is the president of Korea Blind Union and Korea Association of Welfare Center for the disabled and the representative of the Korea Differently Abled Federation.
The fact that there are numerous lawyers and professors among the members of the National Assembly has been consistently criticized. As for the lawyers, there is a potential of receiving political funds. As for the professors, they are keeping their positions without giving lectures under the name of an adjunct professor or guest professor. Being aware of the criticism, the candidates, who were also licensed lawyers themselves, pledged in the 2011 April general election that they will not hold additional jobs when they are elected.
However, there are still a large number of members who hold additional jobs as lawyers and professors (incl. adjunct and guest professors). Among 96 members who hold additional jobs, 32 hold the professor position and 21 holds the lawyer position. Moreover, 14 of the 21 members holding additional jobs as lawyers have been receiving compensation from the law firms they belong to.
The National Assembly is generally recognized as “Lazy National Assembly” and “The National Assembly with all the privileges”. Due to this, there is a great distrust towards the politics. Would the citizens think the members of the National Assembly are doing their best in parliamentary activities when they are holding numerous jobs at the same time as a tool to add some more lines on their resumes? The members of the National Assembly, who gets paid by our taxes, receive double income while holding an additional job as a lawyer at the law firms. Would this make them appear transparent from the perspective of the citizens? It seems there is still a long way to go for the National Assembly to gain recognition from the public.