S. Korea president apologises for welfare rollbacks
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea President Park Geun-Hye apologised to senior citizens on Friday over the latest in a series of damaging rollbacks over welfare spending - a key plank of her election campaign.
"I am truly regretful and apologetic," Park told pensioners during a lunch meeting a day after she reneged on a campaign pledge to provide a monthly allowance of 200,000 won (S$234 ) to all senior citizens aged 65 or above.
Earlier in the day, Health Minister Chin Young had offered to step down to take responsibility for the U-turn, but the prime minister rejected his resignation.
Social welfare was a top voter issue in last year's presidential campaign, with caring for the elderly a special concern in one of the world's most rapidly-ageing societies.