Minister of SMEs and Startups Lee Young commented on a humorous photo of Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Jae-yong appearing to ‘shush’, taken during his visit to Busan’s Kkangtong Market, on his social networking service (SNS).
Minister Lee said on his SNS on the 6th, “Chairman Jae-yong Lee’s photo has caused an uproar on the Internet.” He added, “Today, with the president, Kim Ki-hyun, leader of the People’s Power Party, Busan Mayor Park Hyeong-jun, and the presidents of major domestic conglomerates went to the Bupyeong Canister next to Gukje Market. “I went to the market,” he said. He added, “It’s just everyday life, but it seemed like it was the first time for the CEOs of large companies to go out to a traditional market, but they happily mingled with the merchants and had a great time together.”
Regarding the photo that became a hot topic in the online community, Minister Lee said, “Chairman Jae-yong Lee’s popularity has skyrocketed,” adding, “The entire market was filled with voices cheering for the president, but occasionally, the voices of merchants calling for Chairman Lee Jae-yong broke through the crowd. “I heard it,” he explained. Minister Lee explained that wherever he went, voices were heard calling for Chairman Lee, and while citizens were flocking to him and asking to shake his hand, Chairman Lee probably took this pose to ask them to lower their voices as the President was nearby.
Earlier on the same day, a post titled ‘Real-time photo of Jae-yong Lee taken by a friend’ was posted on an online community. In the photo, Chairman Lee put his right index finger to his mouth towards someone filming him and smiled while making a ‘shh’ gesture. There was no explanation for the photo, but people said it looked like it was taken during a visit to Kkangtong Market, given the red tie and badge on the chest.
Chairman Lee attended the ‘Busan Citizens’ Dreams and Challenges’ meeting held at the Busan Port International Convention Center as a company representative and said, “If the President’s bold vision to develop Busan into a global hub city and the aspirations of Busan citizens come together, the dream will definitely come true. “He said, “Samsung will also join Busan’s challenge.”
At the meeting, there were ruling party lawmakers from the Busan and Gyeongnam regions, including President Yoon Seok-yeol, People Power Party leader Kim Ki-hyun, and Rep. Jang Je-won, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance Choo Kyung-ho, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Won Hee-ryong, Minister of Public Administration and Security Lee Sang-min, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Bang Gyu, Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Cho Seung-hwan, About 100 government and local government officials, including Busan Mayor Park Hyeong-jun, attended. In the business world, Chairman Lee, SK Senior Vice Chairman Choi Jae-won, LG Group Chairman Koo Kwang-mo, Hanwha Group Vice Chairman Kim Dong-kwan, HD Hyundai Vice Chairman Jeong Ki-sun, Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Won-tae, Hyosung Group Chairman Cho Hyun-joon, and Korea Business Association Chairman Ryu Jin were present.
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