The international community praises the Workers’ Party of Korea for winning unqualified support and trust of the people. The ruling party in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea owes such an enviable reputation to its faithful service for the benefit of the people. Since it was founded on October 10, 1945, the party has been steadfast in taking responsibility for their destiny and defending their interests.
Right after Korea’s liberation from Japanese military occupation (1905-1945), it initiated agrarian reform with a view to realizing the Korean peasants’ centuries-old desire for tilling their own land. Subsequently, it enforced a series of democratic policies – adoption of the law on sex equality for the empowerment of women and their emancipation, promulgation of the labour law providing for an eight-hour workday and prohibition of child labour, nationalisation of major industries, etc.
It also strived to give the population free access to medical treatment and schooling.
The country’s advantageous universal free medical care system dates back to the grim days of the Korean war (1950-1953), when all human and material resources had to be mobilised in the struggle to defeat the invaders. Its education system had gone through several stages of development with the acceleration of socialist construction: universal compulsory primary education in 1956, the year when the country was in the throes of postwar rehabilitation, which was the first of its kind in the East; universal compulsory secondary education in 1958; and universal free education in 1959. Now the universal 12-year compulsory education system is in force across the country.
Four decades ago, the government abolished tax once and for all.
Holding the promotion of the people’s wellbeing as the supreme principle governing its activities, the Workers’ Party of Korea has directed constant concern to housing construction. In recent years alone, the government financed housing projects in Changjon Street, Unha Scientists Street, Wisong Scientists Residential District, Mirae Scientists Street and Ryomyong Street, and, surprisingly, it provided all the modern flats free to residents.
The party pursued such benevolent policies even when the allied imperialist forces resorted to harsh sanctions and blockaded the country, causing great economic difficulties for the people. Under its leadership, the people have led an independent and creative life, deeply conscious of how precious their party is to them.
By the close of the last century the country was confronted with the severest-ever trials owing to the allied imperialist forces’ anti-socialist manoeuvres and the natural calamities that hit it for several consecutive years. Quite contrary to Westerners’ prediction, no anti-government rally or social unrest was witnessed in the country. Rather, the unity of the whole society around the party grew firmer.
Today, upholding the people-first principle, the party is leading the effort to build a powerful socialist country in order to realise the people’s dreams and ideals. Industrial giants and research institutes are playing a pioneering role in this nationwide drive. Numerous light-industry factories have put their production back on track, and modern bases for the people’s cultural and emotional well-being have sprung up one after another. For this reason the Korean people regard it as a moral obligation to trust and support their party with unfailing loyalty.