Mr. Heo Kyung-young, 71 years outdated, South Korean presidential candidate claims to have the ability to fly, heal others via eye contact. It’s these statements that make him the subject of debate on Korean social networks.
The 2022 Korean presidential election scheduled to be held in March is the third time Mr. Heo has run for the Blue Home. Earlier than that, his efforts had come to an uncommon finish. Throughout the 2007 election marketing campaign, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail for making false statements when he mentioned he would marry the candidate on the time (former president Park Geun Hye).
Nevertheless, this time, Mr. Heo is assured he’ll win, pledging to provide 100 million gained ($85,000) to all residents over 18 years outdated and 1.5 million gained ($1,270) in month-to-month bonuses. He made his promise when he introduced his candidacy at an occasion on August 18 at Haengju Mountain Fortress, Goyang Metropolis.
When asserting his candidacy, Heo Kyung-young made 33 pledges. Amongst these are the promise to pay 100 million gained in a single go for newlyweds, 700,000 gained for the aged and younger individuals month-to-month. Mr. Heo additionally introduced the tip of the obligatory navy service or the “excessive” 9-hour entrance examination to Suneung College.
Earlier than this attention-grabbing candidate, Korean individuals have quite a lot of opinions. Mr. Kim, a driver in Busan who’s a fervent supporter of Mr. Heo, mentioned: “All of our present politicians come from rich households and prestigious universities whereas the political Governments have ridiculously excessive salaries. They do not know what it is prefer to be within the working class and cry as a result of they can not afford to care for their households.” Many like driver Kim imagine Mr. Heo is “the one hope of the working class” and “the one genius amongst corrupt politicians”.
Supporters can go to Mr. Heo on the Sky Palace in Yangju. Guests pay 20,000 gained (USD 17) on weekdays and 100,000 gained on weekends to hearken to the 20-30 minute lectures right here. Those that need to keep will pay 200,000 gained for one evening or 1 million gained for five nights.
At present, about 100-150 vacationers go to Sky Palace daily, earlier than the pandemic this quantity was 500. Main donors additionally donated 1-100 million gained to him.
Mr. Heo is predicted to be the richest candidate within the Korean presidential race. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper estimated his complete web value at 36.4 billion gained ($30.5 million).
(Based on SCMP)