Opposition Demands Probe into Illicit Hiring Scandals

South Korean opposition parties on Monday submitted a proposal to launch a joint parliamentary probe into alleged illicit hiring practices of public agencies, including state-owned Kangwon Land, local media reports.

Demand for an investigation came after recent allegations against Seoul Metro, which alleged that 11.2 percent of its 17,000-strong workforce was related in some manner.

Kangwon Land, a state-owned casino, was also embroiled in a hiring scandal after it was revealed that the operator had hired children of powerful figures in the country from 2011-2014 under the leadership of Choi Heung-Jip.

Liberty Korea Party leader Kim Byong-Joon said the exposed cases may only be “the tip of an iceberg,” according to Korea Herald.

“There must be distortions across the public sector,” he added.

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea accused opposition parties of “politicizing the issue with irresponsible, groundless allegations.” (AGB)