Brilliant Life of Patriotic Devotion
Five years have passed since Chairman Kim Jong Il died. However, his career devoted to the promotion of people’s welfare is still etched in the minds of the Korean people together with his beaming image. Kim Jong Il held people’s welfare as the starting point of all his thoughts and activities.
Kim Jong Il considered it the goal of his life to devote his all for people’s welfare. He formulated and implemented plans focusing on their interests. When he visited different units across the country and foreign countries, he always had his beloved people in mind.
He set it as a fundamental principle in the activities of the Workers’ Party of Korea to steadily improve the people’s standard of living, and advanced policies in reflection of their demands and aspirations. The economic construction in the Songun era on developing the defense industry on a priority basis and light industry and agriculture in parallel, and prioritizing science and technology, the policy of agricultural revolution and many other policies of the revolution and construction are associated with the painstaking efforts of Kim Jong Il for the sake of the Korean people.
The Chairman made sure the people-first principle was thoroughly applied to all realms of social life. With his noble view in people, he believed in them and gave fullest play to their inexhaustible strength. Kim Jong Il devoted his all for the wellbeing of the people. He regarded the beloved people as the most precious beings that can be bartered for nothing, and found his pleasure and happiness in theirs.
Kim Jong Il ensured that trains and buses were run exclusively for a small number of students in mountain villages. When he visited the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex, he took steps to set up a high-end hospital for promoting the health of the workers, saying the smelters must be given priority over the discharge of molten iron.
Whenever he examined any object and article, he paid his primary attention to whether they are to the people’s liking, focusing on their demands, tastes, conveniences and interests. In December Juche 100 (2011), the last month of his great life, he visited the amusement park of Kaeson Youth Park despite the cold weather. He stressed that due attention should be paid to the management of the park lest visitors experience the slightest inconvenience. The Korean people still remember vividly the beaming image of the leader who showed great concern for their welfare.
By train he visited industrial establishments and rural and fishing villages and other parts of the country. A great upsurge was achieved in production in all sectors and a broad avenue opened for improving the people’s standard of living.
Indeed, Kim Jong Il burnt his heart with ardent love and self-sacrificing devotion for his people. Till the last moment of his life, he continued a high-intensity forced march of field guidance for the well-being of his people, before passing away on a train. His trips for the good of his people covered a total distance of 669,844 km, equivalent to that of going around the earth nearly 17 times.
In retrospect, his life is adorned with devotion and ardent love for the people. The Korean people are now looking back with deep emotion on the exploits he performed for the people throughout his life, and are vigorously stepping up the building of a powerful socialist country to translate the wishes of Kim Jong Il into brilliant reality in full support of their supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s leadership.