Anti-corruption watchdog to create special team to uproot hiring irregularities

SEOUL, The state anti-corruption watchdog will create an interagency team of officials next month as part of efforts to uproot hiring corruption and irregularities at public agencies and corporations, its chief said Thursday.

The team, which will comprise officials from various government ministries and agencies, will take a look at all hirings at such institutions, said Pak Un-jong, head of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, during a parliamentary meeting.

The move comes amid public outrage over revelations that public corporations, including Seoul Metro, which is run by the city government, have given unfair hiring favors to relatives of current and former employees in what the media dubbed "hereditary succession of jobs."

"This is not a problem that can be solved with a temporary, one-off crackdown," Pak said. "The team will establish a government-wide constant inspection system and ... look into all hirings made at public institutions every year."

Pak said some cases will be referred to law enforcement authorities for investigation if necessary.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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